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Global Health Organizations Launch First Annual World Birth Defects Day

CDC’s “Our Global Voices”: March 3 Marks the First Annual World Birth Defects Day Diana Valencia of the CDC’s Division of Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities discusses the first annual World Birth Defects Day, which takes place March 3. She writes, “The purpose of this observance is to raise awareness…

Analysis Examines Framework Convention for Tobacco Control On 10th Anniversary

Council on Foreign Relations: The Tobacco Treaty Turns Ten Thomas J. Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, and David P. Fidler, visiting fellow for cybersecurity, discuss the Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC), which recognized its 10th anniversary on February 27. “…A decade later, the FCTC has…

Technical Working Group To Discuss Sustainable NCD Financing Models

Devex: Finding novel, sustainable ways to finance NCDs “…[A] group of technical experts … for the first time are meeting Feb. 23-24 in Geneva to discuss which of the different financing models that currently exist could fund the prevention, control, and treatment of NCDs — or if a new one…

Cancer Mortality Increasing In Africa, But Donors Continue Focus On Infectious Diseases

EurActiv: Cancer is the poor parent of development aid “The absence of prevention, poor infrastructure, lack of medical staff, and late diagnoses, but also an increase in life expectancy in low-income countries, have made cancer Africa’s new health scourge. … As for developed countries, who are public aid providers to…

Quality Of Dietary Habits Declining Worldwide, Study Shows

News outlets report on a study in The Lancet Global Health and a Lancet series on obesity published last week. New York Times: Food Habits Getting Worse Around the World “People in some poor and middle-income countries have healthier diets than those in rich ones, but major Western snack and…