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 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.
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.
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.
Campaigners condemn decision of chief fundraiser for HIV, TB and malaria to enter partnership with Heineken.
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)
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.
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).
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.
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.
This cohort study investigates whether first-degree family history breast cancer is associated with increased risk of breast cancer among older women.
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 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.
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.
“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.
A link between highly processed foods and cancer has been suggested by French researchers.