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NCDs Digest April 9th – NCD Alliance

Global Development News

The Telegraph: European cities consider making public transport free to tackle air pollution
European cities are increasingly looking toward free transport in a bid to combat air pollution.

Open Society Foundation: Virtual, Inclusive, and Strong: How a Youth Group Brings Disability Rights Mainstream What makes the group, known as Movimiento Estamos Tod@s En Acción (META), unusual begins with its membership. Youth with and without disabilities collaborate across 10 countries in the region to advocate for human rights broadly—but with a particular focus on the rights of persons with disabilities.

Human Rights Watch: India: Remove Hurdles to Justice for Women with Disabilities
Reforms on Sexual Violence Not Implemented for ‘Invisible Victims’.

The National: Ministers to unveil plans to make right to food a legal obligation
SCOTLAND is poised to become the first part of the UK to consider introducing a universal right to food under radical proposals to be published next month to tackle health, social and economic inequalities.

The New York Times: Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age
The wisdom therein might be equally valuable for young and middle-aged adults who may dread getting old. To their detriment, some may even avoid interacting with old people lest their “disease” rub off on them.

The Conversation: Why natural resource finds are more than just a curse: the case of Mozambique
Natural resources are often thought of as a curse in developing countries, slowing economic growth rather than driving it. But new results from our research show that discoveries themselves – before extraction happens – have their own economic consequences.

Global Health News

 The Lancet: Weight stigma and discrimination: a call to the media
During 2017, a substantial number of media articles were published in the UK and elsewhere that stigmatise and discriminate against people with overweight and obesity. For the direct and indirect targets of weight stigma, such attitudes can have profound effects on their physical and mental health.

Canadian Foodgrains Bank: Time for a global Canadian food policy
The government is soon to release a new food policy for Canada. With six departments actively engaged, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada at the helm, the national food policy has occasioned an ambitious and often contentious—but widely welcomed—debate.

The Guardian: Health is more important than wealth, child development study finds
Report in the Lancet shows that children across the globe will hit the same milestones, as long as basic needs are met.

Massive: Can nutritious eating improve mental health?
People don’t generally connect diet with mental health. But as global rates of depression and other non-communicable diseases have risen, the average diet quality has changed drastically.

Plos: Implementing Healthcare Interventions: Context is Key
Context is key. It is time for global health agencies and other international actors to get serious about this crucial factor in the progress they seek.

The Guardian: Tax sugar, alcohol and tobacco to help the poor, say experts
On the eve of the UK introduction of a sugary drinks levy, experts urge global adoption of ‘sin taxes’ to deter unhealthy habits and check the spread of disease.

NCDs News

Maternal Health Taskforce: Insight Into Non-Communicable Diseases and Maternal Health Around the Globe
In many parts of the world, the “obstetric transition” is taking place—a shift from mostly direct causes of maternal deaths to more indirect causes, including those related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

NCD Alliance: NCDs: We have had enough. Have you?
Death and illness caused by noncommunicable diseases bring suffering and heartache to millions of people worldwide every year – those who live with the diseases, as well as their families and friends. 70% of all deaths worldwide result from NCDs. This should not be the case – much of the suffering and death from NCDs are preventable.

The Telegraph: Mapped: the global epidemic of ‘lifestyle’ disease in charts
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes now account for 90 percent of deaths each year in the UK.

Live Mint: Nudging people towards a healthier life
Referring to NCDs as “lifestyle diseases” is misleading. It implies that people can make simple choices to change their behaviour when the reality is far more complex.

NCD Alliance: 2018 is the year to stand together against NCDs and TB
This is an ideal day to shine a light not only on tuberculosis but also on the links between TB and NCDs. These two epidemics need an integrated response if we are to beat them.

Action for Children: How do you support an autistic child with their mental health?
It is estimated that one in every 100 people in the UK is on the autism spectrum. As autism is a hidden disability and affects everyone differently it can cause frustration and emotional distress along with social and communication difficulties.

The Conversation: Almost half of adults with autism struggle with depression
Nearly half of adults with autism will experience clinical depression in their lifetime, according to our new research published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

BBC: ‘One-stop shops’ set to speed up cancer diagnosis
“One-stop shops” aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being introduced across England.

The Lancet: The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics
This Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics links SDG target 3.4, committing countries to reducing by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases, with eight SDGs in addition to SDG 3 (healthy lives and well-being) and demonstrates the tight-knit connection between economic growth and controlling NCDs.

Risk Factors News

The Harvard Gazette: Expert advice for reducing obesity: Take the blame out of it
Medical School’s Fatima Cody Stanford notes complex forces behind weight gain.

AAP News and Journal: Sports Sponsorships of Food and Nonalcoholic Beverages
These sponsorships prompt concerns when unhealthy products are associated with popular sports organizations, especially those viewed by youth.

STAT news: NIH rejected a study of alcohol advertising while pursuing industry funding for other research
It’s rare for officials at the National Institutes of Health to summon university scientists from hundreds of miles away. So when Dr. Michael Siegel of Boston University and a colleague got the call to meet with the director of NIH’s Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, he said, “I knew we were in trouble.”

Daily Sabah: Turkish TV watchdog restricts junk food ads on children’s programs
Turkey’s top television watchdog, the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) has specified permissible criteria for commercials to be shown during children’s TV programs, which will bring limitations on junk food ads in the country, with the aim to promote healthier eating habits.

Global Health Now: South Africa Sours on Sugary Drinks
On Sunday, April 1, South Africa will become the first country in Africa to implement an excise tax on sugary drinks in an attempt to stem the country’s growing obesity and diabetes epidemics.

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