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NCD Alliance – NCDs Digest November 20th 2017

Global Development News

The New Yorker: One Year After Trump’s Election, Revisiting “Autocracy: Rules for Survival”

In the year since Donald Trump won the electoral college, have the dire predictions of his Presidency come to pass?

Euroactiv: UN Treaty negotiations: A chance for the EU to champion human rights

More than 200 representatives of global civil society, including victims of human rights abuses by corporations, joined the third session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group at the United Nations in Geneva on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

Rights info: 67 Years Of The European Convention On Human Rights

67 years ago the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) was signed by the United Kingdom and ten other countries.

The New York Times: Delhi, Blanketed in Toxic Haze, ‘Has Become a Gas Chamber’

The toxic haze blanketing New Delhi was so severe on Tuesday that politicians announced plans to close schools, flights were delayed and the chief minister of Delhi state said the city had “become a gas chamber.”

News Deeply: How Climate Change Drives Child Marriage

Climate change makes already vulnerable girls even more so. As world leaders gather at the COP23 climate summit in Bonn this week, Lakshmi Sundaram of Girls Not Brides says child marriage must be on the agenda.


Global Health News

The New York Times: She Took On Colombia’s Soda Industry. Then She Was Silenced.

The debate over taxing sugary drinks has turned into a ferocious global policy brawl. In Colombia, proponents faced intimidation and censorship.

NCD Alliance: Is there a healthy intersection to leverage between the food industry and public health interests?

Anita George, Senior Legal Policy Advisor from the McCabe Centre for Law and Cancer, provides some thoughts on the potential intersection between the food industry and public health interests.

The Independent: NHS Funding cuts “will lead to 100 avoidable deaths per day”

British Medical Journal warns public spending squeeze will have dire consequences.

Global Health Now: Blazing Injustice: The Hidden Crisis of Burn Injuries

Burns cause an estimated 180,000 deaths each year, yet they rarely rate a significant spot on the global health agenda.


NCDs News

Health Affairs: Lower-income countries that face the most rapid shift in noncommunicable disease burden are also the least prepared

Demographic and epidemiological changes are shifting the disease burden from communicable to noncommunicable diseases in lower-income countries.

NCD Alliance: Addressing NCDs through workplaces: it’s everyone’s business

With a further 55 million people expected to start work by 2030, it is no wonder that the World Health Organization has identified workplaces as critical environments in which to address the rising tide of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The Conversation: What causes breast cancer in women? What we know, don’t know and suspect

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in women worldwide and the second-most-common cause of death from cancer. Although the chances of curing breast cancer have risen recently, efforts to prevent the occurrence in the first place have been less successful.

Institute of Health Equality: NCDS, health equity and social determinants of health

NCDs are a global health problem. One purpose of our meeting here in Montevideo is to plan for an NCD summit to be held in at the UN in New York in September 2018.

BMJ Global Health: Fighting TB stigma: we need to apply lessons learnt from HIV activism

Destigmatising TB is well aligned with ‘zero suffering’, a prominent goal of the WHO’s new End TB Strategy distinct from the goal of zero infections and zero deaths.


Risk Factors News

The New York Times: Cancer Doctors Cite Risks of Drinking Alcohol

The American Society of Clinical Oncology, which represents many of the nation’s top cancer doctors, is calling attention to the ties between alcohol and cancer.

Modern Ghana: Tobacco And Alcoholic Beverages Should Pay More Taxes

Mr Labram Musah, the Programmes Director of Vision for Alternative Development (VALD) has called on the government to increase taxes on tobacco, alcohol and sugary drinks to prevent non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and death.

National Catholic Reporter: Francis directs Vatican to stop sales of cigarettes, citing health concerns

Pope Francis has directed the Vatican to stop selling cigarettes at its grocery store, halting a common practice whereby employees of the city-state could avoid paying Italian taxes on their tobacco.

Daily Mail: Teenagers who watch popular TV shows like The X Factor eat 270 more calories a week because of junk food adverts

Junk food adverts shown during family television shows like the X Factor could be tempting children to eat extra calories.

The Guardian: UK supreme court rules minimum alcohol pricing is legal

Whisky group loses legal battle to stop Scottish government using price controls to try to combat alcohol-related deaths.

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