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WHO elections

WHO’s new African leader could be shot in the arm for poorer countries

David Sanders, Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape, explains to The Conversation Africa some of the challenges the new director general of the World Health Organization faces. He mentions the U.S.$456m deficit so cuts to major programmes are likely, as are retrenchments. This also raises the question of large-scale donor fund influence. It also brings up funding on programmes such as that for NCDs and the influence of large food companies and WHO’s apparent opposition to getting food regulations in place to arrest the consumption of unhealthy food

May 25, 2017
Star Kenya, Enca

Promoting health through the life course

Northern Cape teachers are literally sick and tired and considering leaving the profession

A report by the Human Sciences Research Council indicates that absenteeism of 20 days or more was highest among teachers in the Northern Cape, with 28.4 percent of teachers in the Province off sick for more than 20 days last year. “An increase in self-reported NCDs is now evident, suggesting an increased level of morbidity in this population. However, teachers’ personal problems also influence absenteeism,” the report states. The overall HIV prevalence among teachers in South Africa was 15.3 percent, translating to approximately 58,000 teachers living with HIV in South Africa

June 20, 2017
June 15, 2017

Non communicable diseases

Hypertension is the silent killer disease spreading across an Africa that isn’t ready

A survey in four countries: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Kenya and South Africa, looked at both rural areas and the peri-urban settings in the cities of Nairobi and Johannesburg, and showed that hypertension is a critical health problem in Africa. There are stark differences in the prevalence, awareness and control of high blood pressure on the continent. Ultimately there is a need for regionally tailored intervention

July 24, 2017
QZ Africa

Caribbean Calls for Reducing Economic Burden of NCDs

Chronic NCDs make a significant contribution to mortality and morbidity in the Caribbean and continue to represent an economic burden for most of the region`s countries. Addressing the latest meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, St Kitts and Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris – who has responsibility for health in the organisation`s Quasi-Cabinet – called for urgent action to reverse the situation. Citing the findings of a 2016 study on the economic dimensions of NCDs in Trinidad and Tobago, Harris noted that an estimated 5 percent of that country’s GDP is being lost through the impact of preventable diabetes, hypertension and cancer

July 13, 2017
In-Depth News.net

An emerging strategy to tackle chronic disease

In many countries around the globe, both developed and developing, tertiary hospitals in city centers are overwhelmed by an influx of patients who might be better served with preventative or primary medical care. The mismatch is symptomatic of a growing shift in global health, away from infectious diseases and toward non-communicable diseases such as cancer and heart disease. NCDs are likely to be the key challenge of the future, and for now they are being treated in a system that wasn’t built to address them. Experts and practitioners are beginning to piece together a strategy involving stronger and more integrated health systems

July 12, 2017

Government to improve treatment of non-communicable diseases

One in every four adults in Uganda suffers from a non-communicable disease, according to a survey. With the increasing rate of NCDs in the country, the government has signed a deal with Novartis Access to increase patients’ access to treatment. The permanent secretary ministry of health, Dr. Diana Atwine said the first set of drugs includes valsartan, amlodipine for treatment of hypertension and heart failure, vildagliptin for diabetes and amoxicillin dispersible tablets for treatment of respiratory infections

July 10, 2017
New Vision

High NCD concerns among children

A high number of students are suffering from Non-Communicable Diseases forcing stakeholders of the education system to rethink the delivery of its physical education programs. Speaking at a workshop on Quality Physical Education today, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Dr Mahendra Reddy said stakeholders needed to place children at the centre of learning. “Our children all over the world are falling prey to junk food and poor eating and lifestyle habits which are affecting their growth and development," he was quoted saying in a Government statement

June 28, 2017
Fiji Times

40 Million Death Per Year Due to Non Communicable Disease : WHO

Non-communicable diseases are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviours factors. Cardiovascular diseases are the most prominent factors for causing the maximum deaths (17 million), followed by cancers (8.8-million), respiratory diseases (3.9-million), and diabetes (1.6-million). These four groups of diseases account for over 80 per cent of all premature NCD deaths. NCDs disproportionately affect people in low and middle income countries where more than three quarters of global NCD deaths – 31 million – occur

June 27, 2017
June 26, 2017

Lifestyle illnesses reach tribals too: Study

A two-year study by a professor from a Chennai-based government-run epidemiological department has revealed that both urban and rural areas of India are undergoing an epidemiological transformation and the nation will soon face a huge burden of non-communicable diseases. The findings are based on a study conducted by Professor Vijayaprasad Gopichandran from the Katkari tribe of Raigad district. They show prevalence of 16.8 per cent hypertension and 7.3 per cent diabetes among tribe members who were observed and tested over a period of two years

June 27, 2017
Asian Age

Tonga’s obesity epidemic is causing big trouble in paradise

According to a recent academic paper published by the UK medical magazine Lancet, Tonga is now the “most obese country in the world”. Today over 90 per cent of adults in this island nation of 107,000 people are either obese or overweight using the internationally-accepted BMI rating. In Tonga, average life expectancy has dropped from 72 ½ years in 2012 to 67 years today. And this former British Protectorate is now facing an epidemic of non-communicable diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and respiratory illnesses

June 21, 2017
Equal Times

WHO links Yoga to preventing lifestyle diseases; says it can be practised at all ages

“Yoga can be practised at all ages. It can prevent lifestyle diseases,” Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO Regional Director for South-East Asia, said ahead of the International Day of Yoga. She said the only requirement is “a commitment to better health and a willingness to gently stretch, exercise and invigorate one’s body and mind”. “It (Yoga) can help kids get the 60 minutes of daily activity (which is) needed to set up a lifetime of good health. It can help adults reach the 150 minutes of weekly activity needed to stave off non-communicable diseases,” she said. “For persons aged 65 and above it can help reduce the risk of depression and maintain cognitive functioning”.

June 20, 2017
BDNews24, Jakarta Post, Hindustan Times

Cash incentives to lose weight: Could this help solve Asia’s obesity epidemic?

Academics in Singapore say giving obese people cash incentives to lose weight could help stem the rise in non-communicable diseases. In a study researchers used insights from behavioural economics to develop rewards programmes aimed at addressing the disconnect between long-term health and short-term temptation. “Our findings not only show the value of rewards in increasing weight loss but they also show this can be done in a manner which minimizes third party payments, such as those by employers or insurers. This should help to expand access to these type of programmes” the researchers concluded

June 19, 2017
Food Navigator Asia

Public ignorant about Noncommunicable diseases, says minister

Health Minister Dr. Jane Aceng has called for sensitization of the public about non-communicable diseases. Speaking during an alignment meeting in Kampala, Aceng said there is an increase of NCDs, adding that about 97% of the population do not know about these diseases. She added that a recent study on NCDs shows that heart diseases are on the rise, hypertension at 10% and diabetes at 3%. Aceng said in the cost effective management of diseases, emphasis should be placed on ability to detect them as early as possible

June 19, 2017
New Vision

Health experts call for more action on tobacco control

Health experts and stakeholder organisations in Ghana have declared a seven-point plan of action to be taken by the government on tobacco control, the reduction of its usage and its effect on non-communicable diseases and premature deaths. The actions place emphasis on the promotion of partnerships, building of capacities of different stakeholders to advocate, support and monitor progress on tobacco control as part of the Sustainable Development Goals implementation effort

June 18, 2017
Business Ghana

More than 2 billion people are overweight or obese, global study reveals

Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study. The study, which spans 195 countries and territories from 1980 through 2015, was released at the annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum, which aims to create a healthier, more sustainable food system. It is based on data from the most recent Global Burden of Disease study (GBD), a systematic, scientific effort to quantify the magnitude of health loss from all major diseases, injuries, and risk factors by age, sex, and population

June 12, 2017
Deutsche Welle, New York Times

Chandigarh: Health department seeks central funds to screen patients

The Chandigarh health department, which has set up non-communicable disease (NCD) clinics at four major hospitals in the city, has asked for funds from the Union Ministry of Health to start screening patients aged 30 years and above under the National Programme for Prevention and Control of Cancer, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases and Stroke (NPCDCS). “We have sought Rs 14 lakh to run the programme properly,” said a senior health official, adding that the department hoped to get funds for the programme soon

June 11, 2017
Indian Express

OPPI to develop integrated disease management process

Speaking at the OPPI Sixth Healthcare Access Summit, Shailesh Ayyangar, President of OPPI and Managing Director of Sanofi India, said, “Collaborating with the government and other stakeholders at national, state and local levels, the summit endeavours to develop and expand an integrated disease management process broadly engaging with affected communities in the fight against non-communicable diseases.” “The good news is that we have therapies that can combat the non-communicable diseases and help patients live a full and normal life by strengthening patient self-management education; community-based supportive services and broad-based community mobilization,” said Ayyangar – this is needed given the scale of the issue and the rising costs of NCDs to the Indian healthcare system

June 9, 2017
Economic Times
June 11, 2017
Hindu Business Line

Antigua initiates steps to impose tax on sugary beverages

Antigua & Barbuda has taken the first step to what will likely result in an increase in taxes on soft drinks as well as food with a high sugar content in keeping with the global move to stem the increase of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).“We have PAHO doing the study which we will receive next month. But our thinking is, if we increase the tax on sugar, we will decrease the tax on the foods that are healthier,” the health minister told reporters

June 7, 2017
Antigua Observer

Sri Lanka's cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children ...

Sri Lanka`s cabinet on Wednesday approved to increase physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities to consume more healthy meals to prevent obesity, co-Cabinet Spokesperson, Gayantha Karunathilleke told journalists here in a weekly media briefing that around 59 percent of deaths in Sri Lanka were caused by non-communicable diseases such as heart diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and cancers and majority of deceased were under the age of 60. As less physical activities are a main cause for these diseases, the proposal made by Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne to implement a program under the recommendations of the Ministry of Education for increasing physical activities among school children and to provide opportunities for school children to consume more healthy meals, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers, Karunathilleke said

June 7, 2017
Xinhua, Colombo Gazette

SA must place much greater focus on beating cancer - Institute

South Africa needs a more concerted policy focus on cancer and other non-communicable diseases, says the Institute of Race Relations, in a report, “Non-communicable diseases barely at heart of policy”, issued to coincide with National Cancer Survivors Day, the institute’s health-care analyst and author of the report Tawanda Makombo notes: “Cancer has a devastating effect on communities and households in South Africa.” This is particularly true for poorer households, who struggle to afford treatment and care options.

June 5, 2017

Funding the fight against disease

The FT’s Andrew Jack and Darren Dodd report on the World Health Assembly and highlight the rising concern about non-communicable diseases, a growing burden on governments in poorer as well as richer countries, so they point to a resolution on dementia and that fewer than 30 countries even have a dementia plan to respond. They also highlight WHO’s resources, with its budget up 3% on the previous year and the dependence on 22% from the U.S., adding that Mr Tedros needs to refocus the agency and bring in the pledged funding to justify his salary

June 2, 2017

Small Steps Can Save Millions of Lives

Michael Bloomberg makes the case for far more investment in healthcare and time in policy making to be directed at non-communicable diseases which make up 67% of all deaths, yet only received 1% of healthcare spending. One reason for the lack of attention is people blame a victims’ personal negligence or genetics, but that does not mean the outcome is inevitable. Bloomberg suggests ‘measure scale of the problem,’ ‘obesity prevention,’ ‘ tobacco control’ and ‘road safety’ as being areas which his new Partnership for Healthy Cities hopes to start to tackle

May 31, 2017

Obesity, diabetes associated with increased risk for severe malaria infection

Researchers conducted a nationwide observational study of imported malarial infection in Sweden over a 20 year period from 1995-2015 to assess whether NCDs were associated with severe malarial infection. The analysis included 937 adults with malaria. They concluded that comorbidity, particularly diabetes, and obesity were significant risk factors for severe infection among non-immune travellers and immigrants from endemic countries in Sweden with malaria

May 27, 2017

When western lifestyle diseases migrate south

An article which was originally published in Le Monde Diplomatique discusses how diseases traditionally associated with the lifestyle of the developed world, especially diabetes and cardiovascular disease, have migrated south, and now, by 2030, experts believe they may kill more people in Africa than communicable diseases such as HIV/Aids, if no action is taken to urgently remedy the situation

May 23, 2017
Equal Times

Time to act against NCDs is now

Melvin D’Souza, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Novo Nordisk India, writes an opinion article for Health Economic Times in which he calls for urgent action to tackle the growing non-communicable disease problem that the world is facing. Referencing the WHO Global Status Report on NCDs 2014, he highlights the particular urgency of this issue for India, because it shares more than two-thirds of the total deaths due to NCDs across the whole of the South-East Region of WHO

May 23, 2017
Economic Times

NCDs: Answer lies in early screening, prevention

The New Times Rwanda takes an in-depth look at how the Rwandan health authorities in the Gaghengeri Sector, Rwamagana District, are starting to use early screening and diagnosis to tackle the emerging burden of non-communicable diseases, which are threatening to overwhelm the healthcare system

May 22, 2017
New Times Rwanda

AMA commits to international effort to reduce non-communicable diseases

Accra has joined the Partnership for Healthy Cities to reduce non-communicable diseases and injuries in communities by December 2018. Participating cities receive a seed grant of up to 100,000 dollars and technical assistance to accelerate the implementation of a proven intervention to prevent NCDs and injuries. Accra chose to implement increasing seat-belt and helmet use to improve road safety

May 21, 2017
Ghana Web

Health systems

With its increasing population, what is India's great healthcare challenge?

India added 450 million people over the 25 years to 2016, a period during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half, and this period of rising prosperity has been marked by a "dual-disease burden", a continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable diseases, which accounted for half of all deaths in 2015, up from 42 per cent in 2001-03. The result of this disease burden on a growing and ageing population, economic development and increasing health awareness is a healthcare industry that has grown to $81.3 billion (Rs 54,086 lakh crore) in 2013 and is now projected to grow at 17 per cent by 2020, up from 11 per cent in 1990

June 12, 2017
Economic Times, The News Minute

Why African nations lack access to medicine despite rise in disease – Yakasai

The President, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and chairman of Pharmaplus Nigeria Limited, Ahmed Yakasai, said Africa remains a fertile region for the growth of the pharmaceutical industry, and that despite the rise in non-communicable and infectious disease in Africa, the region lacks access to medicines. He said, "Overall, 37 countries have some pharmaceutical production, and only South Africa has limited primary production of active pharmaceutical ingredients and intermediates. Local production in Africa therefore relies on imported active ingredients. As a result, the sustainability of African pharmaceutical sector remains highly contingent on foreign funding and manufacturing”

June 11, 2017
Daily Trust

76% Indians without health insurance, forcing them to dip into savings

India added 450 million people over the 25 years to 2016, a period during which the proportion of people living in poverty fell by half, but, this period of rising prosperity has been marked by a “dual-disease burden”, a continuing rise in communicable diseases and a spurt in non-communicable or “lifestyle” diseases, which accounted for half of all deaths in 2015, from 42% in 2001-03. While the private sector dominates healthcare delivery across the country, a majority of the population living below the poverty line (BPL)–the ability to spend Rs 47 per day in urban areas, Rs 32 per day in rural areas–continues to rely on the under-financed and short-staffed public sector for its healthcare needs, as a result of which their healthcare needs remain unmet

June 7, 2017
Business Standard

Health Is A Global Public Good

The Huffington Post article calls on the world to act as one to deal with potential global health threats, focusing in particular on the growing epidemic of premature deaths caused by non-communicable diseases in low and middle income countries. HuffPost highlights the growing cost of treating NCDs in developing countries, predicted to be U.S.$7 trillion over the next 20 years, while the annual cost of implementing a set of high-impact interventions is $11bn, yet NCDs still receive less than 2% of development assistance for health

June 6, 2017
Huffington Post

Kerala Generic in pilot mode

To date, 111 molecules have been identified to be procured through leading branded companies and some ninety four of them have been bought Most of the drugs the generic company is planning to support will be for non-communicable diseases, so the biggest advantage will become price reduction For example, insulin which costs Rs145 in the marketplace would cost Kerala Generic Rs70. Six months into the pilot run drugs will be made available to the medical community, very likely through Neethi stores or at Supplyco outlets

May 21, 2017
The Hindu

Communicable diseases

Railways asked to reject ads of junk food

With the Indian Railways planning to brand trains and stations to augment revenues, the Union Health Ministry has asked it not to allow advertisements of products which may have a negative effect on health. The Health Ministry said the initiative could be used to promote alcohol, foods with high fat content, sugar and salt and sweetened beverages. Ads for these products could increase the problem of NCDs in India and lead to more cost and premature deaths

April 5, 2017
The Hindu
April 3, 2017
The Telegraph India
April 4, 2017