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Opinions: NCDs Must Be Tackled Worldwide; Myths Surround Usefulness Of Foreign Aid

NCDs Are A Global Problem That Must Be Tackled Jake Marcus, a post-bachelor fellow at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, examines why non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been a neglected part of global health care in a New Republic opinion piece. “Part of the problem is the outdated worldview that…

WHO Highlights Global Threat Of NCDs, Need For Action At Moscow Meeting

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a “slow-moving catastrophe” that could overwhelm even the richest countries without action to address their underlying causes, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan said at the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-communicable Disease Control in Moscow on Thursday, the U.N. News Centre reports.

Foreign Aid Will Not Solve NCDs In Low-, Middle-Income Countries

Focusing on foreign aid as a solution to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries “creates a dangerous mindset of dependency on Western countries rather than encouraging citizens to hold their own governments to account,” Greg Paton, a technical adviser to the Uganda NCD Alliance, writes in the Arogya World…

12 Countries Sign U.N. Treaty To Fight Illegal Tobacco Trade

“Twelve countries [on Thursday] signed a new United Nations treaty that aims to counter the illegal tobacco trade, which undermines regulation policies and represents a burden for health care systems,” the U.N. News Centre reports (1/10). “The Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products was signed by representatives from China, France,…

Blog Highlights Global Health Challenges, Opportunities In 2013

Chatham House’s “Expert Comment” blog features commentary on four global health issues the organization’s experts view as important in the year ahead. David Heymann, head and senior fellow of the Chatham House Centre on Global Health Security, introduces the post by summarizing “[i]mportant developments in global health last year” and…

Reuters Reports On Obesity Talks At World Economic Forum

Reuters reports on discussions taking place at the World Economic Forum (WEF), taking place in Davos, Switzerland, this week, writing, “Obesity, a major factor in diabetes and heart disease, imposes costs on both public and private sectors and is a drag on economic growth, but business leaders meeting in Davos can’t…

WHO Discusses ‘Zero Draft’ Of New Global Mental Health Action Plan

“The World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the ‘zero draft’ of a new Global Mental Health Action Plan last week, which, if adopted, would set clear goals for progress and aim to improve accountability in improving mental health care around the world,” GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports. “The action plan will…

Reviewing Progress On Inclusion Of NCDs In Development Goals

In a post in the BMJ Group Blogs, Katy Cooper, senior project manager at C3 Collaborating for Health, describes “what is happening around the global framework on non-communicable diseases, and how NCDs link into discussions on the successors to the Millennium Development Goals (due to expire in 2015) and the proposed…

Cancer Scientists Publish Commentary Describing Path Forward For Research, Prevention

Science Translational Medicine on Wednesday published a commentary “authored by Harold Varmus, Nobel prize-winning director of the National Cancer Institute in the U.S., and by Harpal Kumar, CEO of Cancer Research U.K., on behalf of leading [cancer research] institutions from Australia to Argentina and Taiwan to Turkey,” in which they describe a…