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NCD Alliance – NCDs Digest March 16th 2018

Global Development News

Girls Not Brides: What if radio could end child marriage? Stories from the DRC
In communities without access to the internet, TV or even newspapers, radio can be a powerful force for change. These girls are living proof of its impact.

The Conversation: Forced disappearances are on the rise as human rights violators cover their tracks
It seems the global campaign to protect human rights has had an unexpected side-effect: governments are changing their preferred methods of getting rid of political opponents.

The Huffington Post: Reuniting Refugee Families Will Bring A Brighter Future For All
Refugees are having to decide whether to stay separated from family or risk their lives to reunite.

BBC: Government loses clean air court case
Campaigners have won a third High Court victory over the UK government’s plans to tackle air pollution. The judge in the case said the government plan was “unlawful” and that more action was needed in 45 English local authority areas.

The Cut: Understanding Sustainability Means Talking About Colonialism
In some parts of the world, being eco-friendly is more than just a status symbol.


Global Health News

BBC: Year-round meals plan to tackle ‘holiday hunger’ of school pupils
A Scottish council is planning to provide free meals 365 days a year to children from low income families.

Ghana News Agency: Ghana NCD Alliance launched to help reduce NCDs
The Ghana NCD Alliance (GhNCDA) has been launched with a called on civil society organisations to closely partner government to create awareness and prevent Non-Communication Diseases (NCDs).

IHP: Health in the SDGs and the 13th GPW: Can WHO break out of the chokehold?
Poverty, conflict, and climate are highlighted on the agenda in particular, but the focal point is Universal Health Coverage (UHC), which, as Dr. Tedros astutely says, is “the best investment in a safer world”.

IPES Food: REPORT: ‘Too Big To Feed: Exploring the impacts of mega-mergers, consolidation and concentration of power in the agri-food sector’
To address the complexity of these trends, the report adopts a political economy approach to analyze the extent to which concentration is occurring in different agri-food sectors, the impacts of this concentration, and the possible solutions to redress power imbalances within the food system.

The Guardian: How formula milk firms target mothers who can least afford it
Formula milk companies are continuing to use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose powdered milk over breastfeeding, a new investigation shows.

UK Public Health network: Could 2018 be the year for a rights-based approach to the public’s health?
As we begin 2018 with all the evidence and articles about increasing health inequalities, perhaps we should incorporate a new approach into our thinking and embed a human rights culture into our practices to support the public’s health and wellbeing.


NCDs News

Reuters: With medicine running out, Venezuelans with transplants live in fear
Yasmira Castano felt she had a fresh chance at life when she received a kidney transplant almost two decades ago. But late last year was unable to find the drugs needed to keep her body from rejecting the organ, as Venezuela’s healthcare system slid deeper into crisis following years of economic turmoil.

Devex: In India, little protection for a preventable cancer
In November 2016, India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare announced an ambitious cancer screening framework — the country’s first. The program outlined mandatory screening for everyone over age 30 for oral, breast, and cervical cancers.

BBC: Anti-depressants: Major study finds they work
Scientists say they have settled one of medicine’s biggest debates after a huge study found that anti-depressants work.

Devex: High-level meeting on NCDs holds promise, and pitfalls
Ever since the World Health Organization last year announced plans to create an independent high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases, the global health community has been waiting to learn more.

Journal of Dementia Care: Human rights, disability and dementia
Dementia Alliance International Chair Kate Swaffer explains the significant effort that will be required and why human rights and the recognition of dementia as a disability must be reflected in all regional and national dementia strategies and plans.

Risk Factors News

The Telegraph: Fat Britain: Average person eats 50pc more calories than they realise
The average Briton consumes 50 per cent more calories than they realise, according to the first estimates from the Office for National Statistics.

The Guardian: Obesity could bankrupt NHS if left unchecked
Chief executive of NHS England warns of catastrophic impact obesity could have on health and rising healthcare costs.

The Conversation: It’s poverty, not individual choice, that is driving extraordinary obesity levels
The “obesity epidemic” deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. The story that has not been getting out is that there is a clear and extraordinary correlation between obesity and social inequality.

Channel NewAsia: Budget 2018: 10% increase in tobacco excise duty from Feb 19
The Government will impose a 10 per cent increase in tobacco excise duty in a bid to discourage consumption, Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat said during his Budget speech.

The Guardian: Chronic heavy drinking leads to serious risk of dementia, study warns
Heavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

The Guardian: Just one soft drink a day could increase cancer risk, study finds
Researchers hail ‘surprising’ findings about sugar after analysing more than 3,000 cases.

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