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NCDs Digest No.2 February 2018 – NCD Alliance

Global Development News

The Jama Network: Retreat From Human Rights and Adverse Consequences for Health
The retreat from human rights is a threat to health because it inevitably undermines key building blocks for good public health policy such as the ability to have a robust public discussion on complex health issues and to critique government policies that affect public health.

Rights Info: How We Used The Human Rights Act To Win For Disabled Children Everywhere
What couldn’t be right in the Mathieson case was the rule which suspends payment of disability benefits to sick disabled children once they have been in the hospital for 84 days. The rule affects hundreds of families every year and has been the subject of a long-running campaign by two national charities, Contact and Family and The Children’s Trust.

Devex: In Davos, the art of the development deal
The annual meeting in this Swiss ski town has long been known as a place where deals get made. Now that global development has entered an era of financial innovation, Davos has more relevance than ever.

The Guardian: ‘Unfair’ restrictions on families are unsettling refugees in UK – report
Inability to reunite with loved ones makes it hard to integrate, Refugee Council and Oxfam say.

ClientEarth: UK Government back in court to face third air pollution challenge from ClientEarth
Environmental lawyers ClientEarth have brought a new case against the UK government to challenge its continued failure to protect people’s health against the harmful effects of air pollution.

UN Women: Economies that work for women, work for everyone
The numbers tell a compelling story: If women played an identical role in labour markets to that of men, as much as US$28 trillion, or 26 per cent, could be added to the global annual Gross Domestic Product by 2025.

Global Health News

Reuters: Health campaigners decry global HIV fund’s deal with Heineken
International health campaigners and alcohol concern groups called on a major global HIV and malaria fund on Thursday to end immediately a partnership it had signed with the Dutch brewer Heineken.

Vox: How to stop the deadliest drug overdose crisis in American history
The opioid epidemic could kill hundreds of thousands in the next decade. But America can beat it.

Devex: Opinion: A call to action on gender equality in global health
Without a doubt, women led the way in 2017. We raised our voices and joined together to advocate for human rights and dignity for every person. From the “Silence Breakers” to protestors in pink hats, women reclaimed our common humanity with bravery and courage.

The Hill: CDC to cut back disease work in foreign countries: report
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to significantly reduce its overseas work to fight disease due to coming funding cutbacks, according to an internal email reported by The Wall Street Journal.

BMJ: Strengthening global health security by embedding the International Health Regulations requirements into national health systems
The International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, as the overarching instrument for global health security, are designed to prevent and cope with major international public health threats. But poor implementation in countries hampers their effectiveness.

The Guardian: NHS chiefs urged to stop giving patient data to immigration officials
MPs on Commons health committee raise concerns about duty of confidentiality.


NCDs News

The Lancet: Prevalence of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes, and cascade of care in sub-Saharan Africa: a cross-sectional, population-based study in rural and urban Malawi
Sub-Saharan Africa is in rapid demographic transition, and non-communicable diseases are increasingly important causes of morbidity and mortality.

The New York Times: Given Medicine, the Patients Got Better. They Remained in Shackles Anyway
People with severe mental disorders endure abuse around the world, caged, warehoused in institutions, and imprisoned. But those living chained to trees or concrete blocks in parts of Africa are among the most trapped, forgotten people on earth.

Medium: To Strengthen Economies, the World Must Fight NCDs
Leading up to the meeting, WEF published the Global Risks Report 2018, making the case that advancements in human and environmental health are integral to global economic growth.

Devex: Opinion: 1 billion people suffer from anxiety. It’s time to invest in mental health
Today, we see an urgent need to tackle the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. But there is another health issue that is rarely discussed: It’s the growing global challenge of mental health.

The Conversation: How neoliberalism is damaging your mental health
There is a widespread perception that mental ill health is on the rise in the West, in tandem with a prolonged decline in collective well-being. The idea that there are social and economic causes behind this perceived decline is increasingly convincing.

NPR: Africa Is Suffering A Silent Crisis Of Stroke
According to a new study, the largest-ever of stroke patients in Africa, up to one-third of strokes in this area of the world are hemorrhagic. And while the survival rate for ischemic strokes is around 80 percent, for hemorrhagic strokes the odds of survival are only 50/50.

The Conversation: Cancer is costing BRICS economies billions each year
Over two-thirds of the world’s cancer deaths occur in economically developing countries, but the societal costs of the disease have rarely been assessed in these settings.

Global Health check: World Cancer Day 2018: It’s time to bring down the price of medicines
The high price of medicines can be a death sentence to those who cannot afford it.

The Lancet: The global fight against cancer: challenges and opportunities
By 2030, the number of cancer cases is projected to increase to 24·6 million and the number of cancer deaths to 13 million. Worldwide, health systems, especially in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs), are ill prepared to manage the increasing cancer burden.

Risk Factors News

The Age: Australian teenagers turn their backs on “uncool” alcohol
Today’s teenagers are turning their backs on Australia’s excessive drinking culture, and shunning other drugs, in a change that has been dubbed a modern “youth revolution”.

The Huffington Post: This Could Be Why Your Loved One Refuses To Try And Quit Smoking
Are they in denial over the damaging health effects?

The Telegraph: Child obesity crisis: Millions doomed to early death as doctors call for urgent action over junk food
Doctors say millions of families are stuck in ‘a terrible destructive cycle’.

The Guardian: UK health body calls for cigarette-style warnings on alcohol
More graphic link to alcohol-related diseases would raise awareness and reduce harm, says the Royal Society for Public Health.

The New Yorker: Raising Kids in Delhi’s Worsening Air
To live in New Delhi these past years has been to witness a city coming to the slow, sickening realization of a terrible crisis.

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