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NCDs Digest August 2017 – NCD Alliance

Global Development News

Human Rights Watch: A Peek Behind the World Bank’s Mask
On June 27 Human Rights Watch released a joint report documenting forced and child labour linked to the World Bank’s agriculture projects in Uzbekistan.

 Rights Info: Five Ways You Can Make Sure Parliament Talks About Your Rights
Although they often get a bad rep, Members of Parliament have a powerful role that can be used to change attitudes, alter the law and even challenge the government.

The Conversation: Why is climate change’s 2 degrees Celsius of warming limit so important?
The story often mentions greatly increased risks if the climate exceeds 2°C and even “catastrophic” impacts to our world if we warm more than the target.

UNDP: Sri Lanka on path to 100% renewable energy says a new joint report by UNDP and ADB
New York, 16 Aug – Sri Lanka can meet its current and future electricity demand by judicial use of renewable energy by 2050, according to a joint study by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Plan International: Victory: Child Marriage banned in El Salvador
The decision on 17 August by El Salvador’s parliament to close a loophole in its child marriage law is a victory for girls’ rights.

Global Health News

The Conversation: The seven tactics unhealthy industries use to undermine public health policies
Across Africa there are examples of governments trying to introduce policies that improve health, and protect the environment only to find their efforts undermined by unhealthy corporations, and their industry associations.

Plos Blog: The Global Action Plan for Physical Activity
This month the World Health Organization launched the consultation on the draft global action plan to promote physical activity.

Community Care: Man with learning disabilities wins damages after human rights breach
Council to pay £10,000 and costs to man with learning disabilities after delay in providing sex education required following capacity assessment.

The Lancet: China, Africa, and US academia join hands to advance global health
In 2016, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the Healthy China 2030 plan—an ambitious agenda to promote health across China and to strengthen South–South cooperation, including the China–Africa Public Health cooperation plan.

The Economist: Why developing countries must improve primary care
The changing burden of disease requires a better approach to keeping people healthy.

NCDs News

International Journal of Health Policy and Management: Challenges Facing Global Health Networks: The NCD Alliance Experience; Comment on “Four Challenges that Global Health Networks Face”
Successful prevention and control of the epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cannot be achieved by the health sector alone: a wide range of organisations from multiple sectors and across government must also be involved.

Johns Hopkins: Sharing Information, Allaying Fears
No longer a disease of the West, cancer is responsible for one in six deaths worldwide, with about 70 percent of cancer deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries according to the World Health Organization.

Nature: Chronic diseases spike in Middle East as conflicts rage
Rising rates of chronic disease and deaths from violence can be curbed only if fighting is brought to an end, say researchers.

Start2: A heavy weight…
Cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) now kill more people before their sixtieth birthdays than infectious diseases.

NCD Alliance: Stand together to call for attention and action to improve lung health, worldwide
Despite being one of the four major NCDs recognised by WHO, chronic respiratory diseases are typically the least acknowledged.

Risk Factors News

Gain: The World Bank Weighs in on Obesity and Food Systems
Lawrence Haddad, GAIN’s Executive Director, on the new World Bank Publication An Overview of Links Between Obesity and Food Systems.

BBC: Calories in popular foods must be cut, say health officials
Targets are to be set to reduce calories in pizzas, burgers and ready meals as part of the government’s drive to tackle child obesity in England.

The Conversation: Is the food industry conspiring to make you fat?
The scent of baked goods wafts towards you as the supermarket doors glide open. Your stomach rumbles and your mouth waters at the sight and smell of so much food.

The Economist: Minorities, the elderly and women are drinking much more alcohol
Heavy drinking still kills many more people than opioid overdoses.

The Guardian: 6 million middle-aged people take no exercise
Public Health England’s research suggests large numbers of adults do not walk for 10 minutes at a time once a month.


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