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Streamlining Health Data Collection Important, But More Effort Needed To Monitor NCDs

The Lancet: Global health metrics and NCDs: are our perceptions years behind the data? Editorial Board “Data collection is an inherent part of health care and is crucial for evaluating disease trends, planning health services, and monitoring progress. Good quality data shines a light on areas of need, success, and…

WHO Agency Says Certain Herbicides, Insecticides, Including DDT, Linked To Cancer

Reuters: WHO agency says insecticides lindane and DDT linked to cancer “The insecticide lindane, once widely used in agriculture and to treat human lice and scabies, causes cancer, and has been specifically linked to non-Hodgkin lymphoma, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday. The WHO’s International Agency for Research on…

Development Efforts Must Include Combating Illicit Drugs, U.N. Says On World Day

U.N. News Centre: On World Day, U.N. says efforts to combat illicit drugs must be linked to development “Marking the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, top United Nations officials focused on the need for alternative development for farmers who cultivate illicit crops and for leaders to address…

New York Times Examines U.S. Chamber Of Commerce’s Global Tobacco Lobbying Efforts

New York Times: U.S. Chamber Works Globally to Fight Antismoking Measures “…From Ukraine to Uruguay, Moldova to the Philippines, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and its foreign affiliates have become the hammer for the tobacco industry, engaging in a worldwide effort to fight antismoking laws of all kinds, according to…

People With Disabilities Must Be Included In SDG Monitoring Framework

Devex: U.N. SDG process indicates exclusion is set to continue Dominic Haslam, director of program and policy strategy at Sightsavers “…The SDGs are a huge opportunity to address some of the most urgent questions of inequality, to take a step forward in progressive realization of human rights, and to protect…

Editorials Call On U.S. Chamber Of Commerce To Stop Lobbying On Behalf Of Tobacco Industry

New York Times: Tarred by Tobacco Editorial Board “…[David Hakim’s recent New York Times] report found that the [U.S. Chamber of Commerce] has fought tobacco packaging, restrictions on smoking in public spaces, and taxes on cigarettes in countries like the Philippines, Jamaica, Nepal, and Moldova. … The World Health Organization…

Increasing Tobacco Taxes Can Help Curb Global Epidemic, WHO Report Says

VOA News: WHO: Raising Taxes on Tobacco Can Save Lives “The World Health Organization is calling for governments to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. A new WHO report presents strong evidence that increasing taxes is one of the best ways to help curb the global tobacco epidemic…”…

Higher Tobacco Taxes Should Be More Widely Implemented

Project Syndicate: Taxing Tobacco Oleg Chestnov, assistant director general of the WHO noncommunicable diseases and mental health program, and Tim Evans, senior director of health, nutrition, and population global practice at the World Bank Group “…According to the latest WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, levying taxes on tobacco…

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