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Global Development News

Rights Info: Has The Social and Economic Rights Movement Failed?
Moyn points to rising material inequality in both wealthy and developing nations, noting that this has happened during the post-World War Two era of human rights.

Open Society Foundations: The Stabilizing Power of School for Children with Disabilities in Pakistan
Disabilities can be especially challenging for poor, rural children in Pakistan. But the stabilizing power of schooling could change that. Getting them into schools is the first step.

Euractiv: If no one is above the law, let’s talk about corporate accountability
“No one should be above the law.” It’s a statement we make when we want to reiterate an obvious point. Except, in relation to corporations operating worldwide this point is far from obvious. Yes, we do have legislation and a degree of enforcement when businesses engage in acts of fraud or corruption.

Human Rights Watch: European Parliament Committee Urges End to Child Marriage
EU Should Act Against the Unlawful Practice Globally – And at Home.

The Guardian: More than 95% of world’s population breathe dangerous air, major study finds
Poorest are hardest hit with many developing countries falling behind on cleaning up toxic air pollution.

FoodTank: Using Agroforestry to Save the Planet
Agroforestry—the use of trees in farming—benefits both farmers and the environment.

Global Health News

 The Lancet: Offline: UHC—one promise and two misunderstandings
UHC is in many ways the right object at the right time. But what is not so clearly offered is a path or mechanism for its attainment.

Rights Info: Here’s Why Human Rights in Healthcare Are Needed More Than Ever
The NHS was created to provide healthcare that is “comprehensive, universal, and free at the point of delivery”. Yet this is not the reality for so many in socially excluded groups.

UN News: UN-backed campaign to protect nearly a billion people in Africa from yellow fever by 2026
Amid a resurgence of yellow fever outbreaks, the United Nations together with partners has begun an ambitious campaign to vaccinate close to one billion people against the deadly disease across 27 high-risk African countries.

The Lancet: The upcoming UN general assembly resolution on tuberculosis must also benefit children
Great progress has been made in recent years towards the development of improved tools for tuberculosis.However, the progress for children, who have only recently been recognised to have a huge burden of tuberculosis disease, has been minimal.

STAT: In encouraging sign, Ebola vaccine appears to provide long-lasting protection
An international consortium of researchers has reported that an Ebola vaccine appears to provide volunteers protection against the virus two years after they were injected —  encouraging findings both for the public health community and the vaccine’s manufacturer.

The Lancet: Risk of maternal mortality in women with severe anaemia during pregnancy and postpartum: a multilevel analysis
Anaemia affects as many as half of all pregnant women in low-income and middle-income countries, but the burden of disease and associated maternal mortality are not robustly quantified.

NCDs News

Devex: Opinion: We need new ways to fund NCDs. Development assistance isn’t enough.
We have to be on the money if we want to bend the noncommunicable disease curve. It is not only political action that we need to see at the U.N. High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases this September in New York.

The New Times: The need to fight for equal health care services
The prolonged treatment needed and the high cost of non-communicable diseases raises the equity problem caused by both economic and social barriers.

 Loop News: Barbados raises mandate for action on NCDs
The Permanent Mission of Barbados to the Organization of American States (OAS) is leading the process to secure an ambitious political mandate for the response to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the Americas.

We are Restless: It’s time my community spoke out about mental health
Shuranjeet Singh Takhar encourages Punjabi men to understand mental health in a different way, detaching it from stigma, from shame, from societal norms about how men ‘should act’.

The BMJ: Weak surveillance and policy attention to cancer in global health: the example of Mozambique
Cancer is an emerging public health problem in sub-Saharan Africa. The increasing burden of cancer calls for urgent policy attention to develop cancer prevention and control programmes.

 The New York Times: How We Really Die
The developing world turned a corner and communicable diseases like malaria and AIDS now kill fewer of its people than noncommunicable ones like heart disease, strokes, respiratory ailments and diabetes do.

The Lancet: Investing in non-communicable disease prevention and management to advance the Sustainable Development Goals
Reduction of the non-communicable disease (NCD) burden is a global development imperative. Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 includes target 3·4 to reduce premature NCD mortality by a third by 2030.

WCRF: The role of civil society in the lead up to the Third United Nations High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases
The date for the Third United Nations High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) (UNHLM3) has been announced. The importance of this meeting for reducing NCDs cannot be understated and capitalising on this opportunity is imperative to address the global NCD burden.

NCD Alliance: A global NCD movement has no borders!
Susanne Volqvartz was founder and Development Director of the Danish NCD Alliance from 2009 until her retirement in March 2018. A part of her important contribution to the NCD movement was based on fostering north-south collaboration between NCD organisations. Here she shares her post-retirement reflections on the topic.

Risk Factors News

The Conversation: Sugar tax: what you need to know
If you like swigging sugary drinks, you might get a bit of a surprise next time you go to buy one, as a so-called sugar tax has now come into force in the UK.

 The Telegraph: Poorest smokers would quit if cigarette prices increased
As many as 67 million smokers around the world would kick the habit if the price of a packet of cigarettes was increased by 50 percent, new research has found.

 BBC: How Amsterdam is reducing child obesity
Childhood obesity rates are rising in many parts of the world – but in Amsterdam, they are falling. The city’s healthy-weight programme has seen a 12% drop in overweight and obese children.

The Guardian: What is Britain eating? The ultra-processed truth about 10 of our bestselling foods

From Cherry Bakewells to Fray Bentos pies, do we really understand the cocktail of ingredients in our favourite brands? Nutritionists assess them – and just what they might mean for our health.

BBC: Soft drink sugar tax starts, but will it work?
Ministers and campaigners believe it has already proved to be a success with many firms reducing sugar content ahead of the change. But others say it is still too early to judge the impact.

The BMJ: The health, poverty, and financial consequences of a cigarette price increase among 500 million male smokers in 13 middle-income countries: compartmental model study
Tobacco use is the leading risk factor for non-communicable diseases. In most countries, smoking prevalence and rates of smoking-attributable diseases are highest in lower income stratum.

The Guardian: Extra glass of wine a day ‘will shorten your life by 30 minutes’
Drinking is as harmful as smoking, and more than five drinks a week lowers life expectancy, say, researchers.

The Washington Post: Smoking even one cigarette a day raises risk for coronary heart disease
The common assumption that cutting back on cigarettes is nearly as good for your health as quitting just went up in smoke.

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