One country and one strategy at a time, the region has pushed back against sugary beverages and ultra-processed foods in an effort to escape the obesity epidemic that has overtaken the United States. Infectious diseases are still the leading causes of death in developing countries, but as economies grow, Western lifestyle factors such as smoking, high-fat diet, obesity and lack of exercise are emerging public health problems.
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A World Health Assembly Experience: From Youth for Health
We never know what opportunities await us. In 2014, I took part in a Model United Nations, a sort of educational simulation of the workings of the World Health Organization (WHO) in my home country, Indonesia. In 2016, I wrote a thesis on global health, mentioning the World Health Assembly (WHA). Three years later, to my amazement, I was attending the real WHA.
8 weeks until the 2nd Global Week for Action on NCDs
As the 2nd Global Week for Action from 2-8 September 2019 gets closer, the NCD Alliance invites you to start sharing your plans for the week through enoughncds.com. Join in!
WHO updates essential medicines and diagnostics lists
WHO has updated its global guidance on medicines and diagnostic tests to address health challenges, prioritize highly effective therapeutics, and improve affordable access with new essential medicines and diagnostics lists.
UNESCO projections show countries are off track in meeting their education commitments for 2030
Almost five years since the UN adopted Sustainable Development Goals for the target date of 2030, UNESCO projections show that the countries of the world will fail to meet the educational commitments of that agenda, Sustainable Development Goal 4, unless there is serious progress over the coming decade.
Young people at the helm of action on NCDs
The Global NCD Forum on Children and Youth showed how young people are affected by NCDs, and why policymakers need to take action. Held in late March 2019, over 60 advocates from 24 countries came together for two inspiring days in Sharjah, UAE for the first Global NCD Forum on Children and Youth, organized by the Friends of Cancer Patients and NCD Child.
‘Climate apartheid’: UN expert says human rights may not survive
Philip Alston, UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said the impacts of global heating are likely to undermine not only basic rights to life, water, food, and housing for hundreds of millions of people, but also democracy and the rule of law.
New Economist Research on NCD Prevention and Youth
The EIU research, Addressing non-communicable diseases in adolescence, assesses how ten representative countries of different income levels are addressing the challenges associated with non-communicable diseases (NCDs) among adolescents.
Global NCD Forum on Children & Youth
NCD Child convened its first Global NCD Forum on Children and Youth on 25 and 26 March 2019, supported by Friends of Cancer Patients and Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates.
Art Gallery: Health For Youth = #HealthForAll
In April, NCD Child launched a global art contest to promote adolescent voices through artistic expression. The theme, a play on World Health Day, was Health For Youth = #HealthForAll. After receiving more than 60 inspiring entries from 25 countries, the finalists have been selected.