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NCDs Digest No.3 February 2018 – NCD Alliance

Global Development News

Colombia Reports: Attacks on press freedom in Colombia reached record levels in 2017

The FLIP on Saturday released its 2017 report in which it highlighted a 43.5% increase in registered attacks against the freedom of press compared to the year before.

The Guardian: How do you build a healthy city? Copenhagen reveals its secrets

The Danish capital ranks high on the list of the world’s healthiest and happiest cities. With obesity and depression on the rise worldwide, here are its lessons for how to combat them culturally.

Human Rights Watch: Court Embraces Right to a Healthy Environment in the Americas

“A clean environment is a fundamental right for the existence of humanity,” proclaimed the Inter-American Court of Human Rights last week, the first time the court explicitly outlined some of the key components of the right to a healthy environment.

The Conversation: NGOs need to step up and keep children safe – here’s what they can do

The wave of reports about abuses perpetrated by aid sector workers in Haiti and elsewhere, should sadly come as little surprise. International actors frequently fall into the gaps between national, regional and international law, and therefore need internal measures to ensure that they adhere to international standards.


Global Health News

Food Navigator: Spanish manufacturers promise to make 3,500 products healthier

Over 500 companies in Spain have pledged a 10% voluntary reduction in salt, sugar and fat in over 3,500 products. “This is a business transformation,” says the country’s health minister.

The Conversation: The hidden health inequalities that American Indians and Alaskan Natives face

In many ways, American Indian health has improved under the IHS over the past 20 years. But there are steep divisions between the health of American Indians and other Americans.

FoodTank: Belgium Pushes to Make Healthy Choice the Easy Choice with New Food Pyramid

Belgium recently released its new food guide for a healthy living. Represented as an inverted nutritional pyramid, the guide advises citizens to drink more water, eat a more plant-based diet, and reduce consumption of dairy, meat, and products with high sugar, salt, and fat content.

The Guardian: Not remotely refreshing: global health fund criticised over Heineken alliance

Campaigners condemn decision of chief fundraiser for HIV, TB and malaria to enter partnership with Heineken.

The health foundation: X Factor: what history, hip hop and human interaction can teach us about evidence in public health policymaking

Sridhar Venkatapuram reflects on the ‘X Factor’ style event, which aimed to expand and diversify the evidence base for public health interventions and policymaking.

Oxford Academic: Global health aid allocation in the 21st century

The consequences of aid allocation decisions are enormous, and are felt most directly by the six billion people living in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)

NCD Alliance blog: Injustice of access abyss in palliative care and pain relief – a global health failing

We live in a world where more than 61 million people – including more than 5 million children – experience serious health-related suffering that could be alleviated by palliative care. These are the patients most often neglected as they are too ill to advocate for themselves, particularly at the end of life.


NCDs News

Devex: Opinion: 70 percent of cancer deaths happen in developing countries. We need to fix access gaps

Currently, there are an estimated 8.8 million deaths from cancer every year. Cancer has recently been recognized for the first time by the World Health Organization as the leading cause of global morbidity.

Vital Strategy: Cities Are Key In Stopping Cancer Before It Starts

We have come a long way in our efforts to scale back, and one day end, death from cancer and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Vox: We’re making real progress against cancer. But you may not know it if you’re poor

In the past, cancer was seen as a death sentence. These days, it’s increasingly a survivable or chronic disease. But that’s especially true if you’re rich.

Rights Info: We Need To Start Talking About Mental Health as a Human Rights Issue

Talking about mental health and human rights together really makes a difference, with a Government Taskforce report in 2016 finding a greater focus on human rights had helped progress in mental health during the last 50 years.

Jama Network: Family History and Breast Cancer Risk Among Older Women in the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium Cohort

This cohort study investigates whether first-degree family history breast cancer is associated with increased risk of breast cancer among older women.

The Lancet: Inequalities in the use of secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease by socioeconomic status: evidence from the PURE observational study

This paper presents the first country-specific data on inequalities in use of secondary prevention for cardiovascular disease in countries at all levels of development and in all parts of the world.

NCD Alliance blog: Youth as the voice of the masses

Vindhya Vatsyayan came to the 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum as a youth delegate, eager to learn how to better represent the voices of those who suffer NCDs in silence. Today she is using the knowledge and inspiration gained there to do just that. Here she shares some of her key reflections.


Risk Factors News

The Independent: More than “calorie-cap” fast food and supermarket meals to be considered by public health England

The ubiquity of new year diets and detoxes could extend beyond January and last all year, thanks to the Government’s latest suggested health guidelines. Public Health England (PHE) is demanding a “calorie-cap” on supermarket ready meals and fast food dishes.

NPR: Too Little, Too Late, Too Risky: Surgery In Africa

Hundreds of thousands of Africans aren’t able to get the surgery they need. And those who do undergo surgery, despite being younger and having fewer underlying health risks than patients in high-income countries, face a greater risk of dying after surgery.

The Guardian: ‘Ultra-processed’ products now half of all UK family food purchases

“Real food” has been replaced by salty snacks and sugary cereals, industrially-made bread and desserts, ready-meals and reconstituted meats alongside sweetened soft drinks.

The Washington Post: How chocolate and sugary things may prime your brain to want more

What do we really know about how sugar affects us? Does eating sugar make us want to eat more of it?

The Wall Street Journal: Lawmakers, Alcohol Industry Tussle Over Cancer Labels on Booze

Countries have hardened stance after recent studies suggest even modest consumption increases risk.

BBC: Ultra-processed foods ‘linked to cancer’

A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers.

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