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NCDs Digest March 16th 2018 – NCD Alliance

Global Development News

BBC: The girl who sabotaged her own wedding
What is so striking about Rajasthan is how girls like Monika are taking the fight against child marriage into their own hands, in a culture where their voices are often not heard.

The conversation: This is why health has to be at the heart of the New Urban Agenda
Urban experts gathered at the ninth World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur to discuss progress on a global commitment to sustainable urban development.

Human Rights Watch: Morocco: New Violence Against Women Law
Morocco’s new law on violence against women provides protections for survivors but contains gaps that should be addressed, Human Rights Watch said today.

UN News: International Women’s Day: The ‘time is now’ to transform global push for women’s rights into action – UN
This year, the United Nations is urging the world to stand with rural and urban women activists to topple the remaining barriers to gender equality and empowerment.

Devex: Opinion: It’s time we walk the talk on gender equality. Here’s how
Women’s equality and empowerment is a driver of economic growth and development around the world, and development organizations routinely include and espouse this goal as part of their missions and activities.

The New Yorker: In Poor Countries, Antismoking Activists Face Threats and Violence
Akinbode Oluwafemi in Cape Town, South Africa. Mr. Oluwafemi said his home in Lagos, Nigeria, was attacked by gunmen following threats over his antismoking activities.


Global Health News

The Guardian: Michael Bloomberg launches tobacco industry watchdog
Former New York mayor commits $20m to project amid fears of dirty tricks by cigarette companies.

The Children Society: Changes to free school meals will hurt struggling families
For children from poorer families, the guarantee of a decent lunch each day can make a huge difference. Free school meals are intended to provide children with a proper meal when food may be tight at home.

The Guardian: Food makers told to cut calories by 20% by 2024
Public Health England says the target would slash costs to the NHS by £4.5bn and prevent more than 35,000 premature deaths.

The Conversation: Nutritional labelling on menus helps cut the calories we buy
When Michael Bloomberg was mayor of New York City, he led the way with policies to enforce calorie labelling on menus. Many states followed suit, and this year the labelling will finally become mandatory across the USA for chains with more than 20 outlets.

Foodnavigator: Sri Lanka beverage firms shaken by sugar tax
Sri Lankan beverage firms appear to have been hit in the pocket by the country’s new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs).

The Lancet: African women working in global health: closing the gender gap in Africa?
Improving global health and gender equality are integral components of the 2030 agenda for the Sustainable Development Goals. The lack of female researchers in sub-Saharan Africa reduces the diversity of scientific perspectives on gender dimensions of health and curtails the ability of the society to advocate for maternal and reproductive health research agendas.s

NCDs News

NCD Alliance: Women’s kidney health: collaborations for gender-sensitive policies
World Kidney Day (WKD) and International Women’s Day both take place on March 8th. To mark the occasion, WKD’s founders – the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF) – have joined forces with the Taskforce on Women and NCDs to raise vital awareness on women’s kidney health.

The Telegraph: Employers should accept sick notes for the mentally ill, a major report finds
The measure is one of a range of recommendations designed to improve mental health among employees which found one in six suffers from mental illness.

Institute of Cancer Research: Scientists find a treasure trove of 110 genes linked to breast cancer
Scientists have linked 110 genes to an increased risk of breast cancer in the most comprehensive study ever to unpick the genetics of the disease.

The Lancet: Pollution and non-communicable disease: time to end the neglect
Pollution’s contribution to NCD mortality becomes starkly evident when countries are stratified by World Bank income group.

The Guardian: Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, study says
New research suggests that Vitamin D may offer protection against cancers, although experts are split over whether individuals should start taking supplements.


Risk Factors News

The Independent: Campaign launches in Scotland on minimum unit price for alcohol as ministers prepare to make recommendations on the figure
Retailers are the key to ensuring the legislation is implemented, which is why it is crucial we raise awareness of this change in the law early and give people time to get prepared.

BBC: Sugar tax is already producing results
It will be a major change in health and tax policy. On 6 April the UK will join the small number of countries which have introduced a tax on sugary drinks as part of an anti-obesity policy.

 The Sun: Big Mac & Lies McDonald’s food has more calories, sugar and salt than 30 years ago despite chain’s pledges to be healthier
Fries, cheeseburgers and quarter-pounders all had more calories compared to a leaflet put out by the chain about its grub in 1989.

SG News: Big Tobacco must be ‘held accountable’: Michael Bloomberg
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who made his fortune selling financial data, has given more than a billion dollars since 2007 to curb global tobacco use, which claims nearly seven million lives every year.

BBC: Britain needs to go on a diet, says top health official
The portion sizes of some of Britain’s most popular foods are to be cut, with health officials telling the public it is time “to get on a diet”.

The Telegraph: Common infections raise the risk of heart attacks in the same way as obesity and high blood pressure, a major study suggests
Common infections could double the risk of stroke and significantly increase the chance of a heart attack, new research suggests.

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