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Examining Politics Of Reaching NCD Targets

Writing in the PLoS blog “Translational Global Health,” Greg Paton, a public health consultant, discusses the history of and current discussions taking place surrounding global targets for non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Noting the goals include reducing the consumption of salt and trans-fats and increasing access to exercise and healthy food, among others, he…

WHO Working With Industry To Reduce NCD Risk Factors

The WHO “is in active dialogue with the food, beverage, alcohol, and even sporting goods industries to encourage marketing changes and product formulations to help curb the growing worldwide prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs),” Nellie Bristol, a research fellow with the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) Global Health…

WHA Concludes With Several Resolutions, Including Pledge To Tackle NCDs

“After seven days of intense discussions, the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA) concluded with agreement on a range of new public health measures and recommendations aimed at securing greater health benefits for all people, everywhere,” a WHO press release reports, noting “24 resolutions and five decisions were adopted by the…

WHO Calls For Ban On Tobacco Advertising On World No Tobacco Day

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the WHO “is calling on countries to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion, and sponsorship, saying such [a] marketing blackout could reduce tobacco use and save lives,” VOA News reports. “According to WHO data, tobacco use kills nearly six…

Disabled Children, Their Communities Would Benefit From U.S. Ratification Of U.N. Convention

“A United Nations report, ‘The State of the World’s Children,’ underscores the moral bankruptcy of Senate Republicans who blocked ratification of a treaty to help disabled people around the world,” a New York Times editorial states. “A United Nations convention would ban discrimination against persons with disabilities and accord them…

WHO Official Speaks About Importance Of Clean Cooking Alternatives

Deutsche Welle interviews Maria Neira, director of public health and environment at the WHO, about the push for clean cooking alternatives. “Almost half of the world’s population is still cooking like in the Stone Age,” Neira said, adding, “Everybody has the right to access clean energy to cook, to heat…

China Experiencing Increases In Rates Of ‘First-World Health Problems’

While “China has managed to beat back the plagues of poverty, such as diarrhea, pneumonia, measles and malaria,” the nation’s “economic boom” has caused rates of “so-called First World health problems,” such as stroke and heart disease, to become more common among the Chinese, according to a study published this…