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Mental Health Services Are 'Critical' To Comprehensive Approach For People Living With HIV

In this post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Melissa Sharer, AIDSTAR-One senior care and support officer at John Snow, Inc., writes, “Although treatment is now widely available and [people living with HIV (PLHIV)] are able to live normal and active lives for many years, their mental health needs are often overlooked in care, treatment, and support programs.” Sharer highlights the success of programs in Vietnam and in Uganda that “combine mental health and existing health services.”

Indoor Cooking Stoves Kill 2 Million Annually, NIH Study Says

Pollution from indoor cooking stoves, typically open fires that that burn solid fuels such as wood, charcoal or dung, kills two million globally each year, scientists at NIH said in a study published in the journal Science on Thursday, Agence France-Presse reports. Smoke emitted from the stoves, used by three billion people worldwide, “causes pneumonia and chronic lung disease that particularly affects women and children who tend to spend more time in the home while men are outside working,” AFP writes, adding that “little public awareness surrounds what the World Health Organization describes as the globe’s top environmental killer” (Sheridan, 10/13).

Funding For NCDs Doesn't Have To Come At The Expense Of NTDs

In this “End the Neglect” blog post, Alanna Shaikh, a writer for U.N. Dispatch, writes that while “[a]t first glance, the new focus on cardiovascular and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) looks like trouble for the funding for things like neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) … that conflict is mostly superficial. NCDs and NTDs have much more in common than their initials.”

NPR Blog Examines Challenges In Delivering Cleaner Cookstoves, Fuel To Millions Who Need Them

NPR’s food blog “The Salt” reports on the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves’ efforts to “bring in celebrities, chefs and politicians to help create awareness for the need for cleaner fuels and better cookstoves,” the smoke and gases from which contribute to nearly two million deaths a year — more than malaria — according to a study released by the WHO last week. “The technology is easy, but getting the stoves and cleaner fuels to impoverished millions is not,” the blog writes.

Lancet Series Revisits Issue Of Global Mental Health Four Years After First Examination

Four years after the Lancet “published a special series on global mental health, highlighting the gap in provision between rich countries and the rest of the world,” the journal has published a new series, including an “editorial accompanying the series, welcom[ing] the initiatives in global mental health in the past four years, but [saying] ‘there is still a long way to go and many challenges to face,'” IRIN reports (10/18).

PBS Examines Cookstoves’ Impact On Health

PBS NewsHour discusses the impact of cookstoves on health around the globe. PBS NewsHour: Designing cleaner stoves for home cooks in the developing world PBS NewsHour Special Correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on “efforts to provide cleaner stoves to people in developing countries” as part of his ongoing series,…

WHO Calls On Governments To Invest In Hearing Care

U.N. News Centre: U.N. health agency calls on countries to invest in prevention and care for hearing loss “The United Nations health agency is calling on governments to invest in hearing care, as a new survey finds that many countries lack the capacity to prevent and care for hearing loss,…

WHO Says Sugar Should Be 5% Of Daily Caloric Intake

Media outlets report on the WHO’s recommendation that daily sugar intake should be five percent of total calories consumed. The WHO has launched a public consultation on its draft sugar guidelines.Associated Press: WHO: 5 percent of calories should be from sugar “…The World Health Organization says your daily sugar intake…