Seven billion people are walking the earth, and for the first time in human history, more than half of us are living in cities. This doesn’t necessarily mean that all of us are living healthier lives, however. The toll of non communicable diseases (NCDs) is rising rapidly, especially among the poor cutting a devastating swath into economic productivity in many nations.
NCDs – primarily cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes, chronic lung disease and mental illness – are…Continue
Public Health Institute is participating in the UN High Level Session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York. PHI's President and CEO Mary Pittman, DrPH, Center for Climate Change and Global Health Director Cristina Tirado, PhD, and Special Advisor for Global Health Policy and Development Jeff Meer are registered observers at the conference. In…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on September 19, 2011 at 1:15pm — No Comments
One missing piece in the policy debates around non communicable diseases (NCDs) is an accurate account of their economic impact. In order for policy makers to begin to grapple with the epidemic sweeping the globe, they need to have a fairly good idea what illnesses like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer are having on economies from Bujumbura to Beijing.
Thanks to some research sponsored by the World…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on June 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
Today the Presidents of the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and the American Heart Association published an unprecedented joint statement concerning support for the UN High Level Meeting on Non Communicable…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on May 18, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments
On February 2, 2011, Dr. Harvey Fineberg, President of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies on the subject of non communicable diseases (NCDs) and global health. In his talk, Dr. Fineberg noted that today, approximately 80 percent of the mortality associated with non NCDs (cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancers, and diabetes) occur in less developed nations. Dr. Fineberg noted that NCDs are incredibly expensive. He cited the…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on February 11, 2011 at 3:00pm — No Comments
For those following the threat of non communicable diseases, especially in developing countries, you may be interested in a blog post on this subject by Global Health Council Policy Manager Craig Moscetti.
Is this an "AIDS Moment" for NCDs?
"Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are arguably one of the greatest threats to global health and economic development in the coming decades and many in the global health community are hoping the…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on January 28, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments