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The Conversation: It’s not just O’Reilly and Weinstein: Sexual violence is a ‘global pandemic’

The recent exposure of widespread sexual predation in the American media industry, from Harvey Weinstein to Bill O’Reilly, has elicited shock and sparked debate on violence against women in the United States.

The Lancet: The Lancet Countdown on health and climate change: from 25 years of inaction to a global transformation for public health

The Lancet Countdown tracks progress on health and climate change and provides an independent assessment of the health effects of climate change, the implementation of the Paris Agreement, and the health implications of these actions.

The Independent: Dubs amendment: Child refugees ‘put in more danger’ as court backs Government’s refusal to take in more unaccompanied minors

Politicians and campaigners ‘very disappointed’ by the verdict and warn it will create ‘field day’ for child traffickers.

The Huffington Post: The Lack Of Women Leaders Is A National Emergency

Men run everything, and it’s enough already. Want to stop sexual harassment? Fix this now.


Global Health News

The Guardian: Firms pledge extra veg help for those struggling with five a day

Sales of vegetables are continuing to fall, but help is on the way from takeaways and stores as well as schools and the workplace.

Blogs.plos: Global challenges to health in the workplace

Evidence of the effectiveness of workplace health (or ‘wellness’) programmes is often unclear, and in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) the evidence is particularly thin.

The Conversation: Robert Mugabe as WHO goodwill ambassador – what went wrong?

Following the international uproar, Mugabe was rescinded – but the debacle showed both misguided good intention and the importance of internal communication.

The Lancet Global Health Blog: Gender data: moving beyond sex-disaggregated analyses

Gender data is pivotal to uncovering key gender gaps –  inequities – in health and development, and to tracking SDG 5 progress.


NCDs News

The Guardian: UK children who need mental health services face ‘postcode lottery’

Survey finds wide regional variation in availability of services, with waiting times as long as 16 months reported.

The Conversation: The hidden connection between obesity, heart disease and trade

NCDs are responsible for 70 percent of all deaths globally and have a much bigger impact than infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria. Reducing the preventable deaths they cause is one of the key health targets of the new Sustainable Development Goals.

NCD Alliance: Eight steps toward a world free from stroke

Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide and a major barrier to the achievement of global development goals.

World Economic Forum: The top causes of death for women – and how to combat them

Non-communicable diseases figure highly in the top 10 killers over the past decade, especially of those between 30 and 70 years of age, when people are their most productive.

Devex: Opinion: World leaders are showing up to fight NCDs. Let’s not get distracted

On day one of the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo, NCDA CEO Katie Dain shared stories & a call to action when she spoke on building national NCD responses to reach NCD targets.

IHP: The WHO Global conference on NCDs in Montevideo, Uruguay: Towards an integral response to the epidemic of non-communicable diseases

A message on behalf of the Latin American Network for Multidisciplinary Research on Chronic Diseases.

Risk Factors News

The BMJ: Fiona Sim—Obesity: personal responsibility or an environmental curse?

To place all of the blame on the individual is to completely ignore the very real power of our surroundings.

The Guardian: Campaigners call for minimum alcohol price to be introduced in the UK

Health experts write a letter to Guardian urging the government to follow Wales by embracing policy in an attempt to cut deaths.

StatNews: Pollution to blame for 1 in 6 deaths worldwide, study finds

Pollution is taking a massive toll on global health, with poor and marginalized populations being hit particularly hard by dangerous contamination.

New Zealand Herald: Food and drink giants told ‘all options are on the table’

The food and drink industry is on notice to cut down on sugar in products – with the new Health Minister not ruling out regulation or a sugary drink tax.

The Guardian: Tobacco firms using ‘clever tactics’ to target poorest smokers, study finds

Cheaper brands, price-marking and smaller pack sizes are thwarting attempts to reduce UK smoking rates, researchers say.

The New York Time: Obesity Was Rising as Ghana Embraced Fast Food. Then Came KFC

the growing popularity of fried chicken and pizza in parts of Africa underscores how fast food is changing habits and expanding waistlines.


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