Non communicable diseases (NCDs), mainly cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are responsible for roughly two out of every three deaths today. Other NCDs, including mental illness, accidents, renal disease and dental disease, kill or maim millions more. The World Health Organization (WHO) is now putting the final touches on a draft Action Plan…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on September 28, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Global health knows no boundaries. There are no dividing lines that respect illness and disease, nor are there places where prevention is irrelevant. I was privileged to join a group recently who saw what a dedicated community can do to protect itself from the threat of non communicable disease, in this case the Tohono O’odham reservation in Arizona. The Tohono O’odham Nation is composed of approximately 30,000 Native Americans,…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on April 9, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Public Health Institute, together with Caring and Living as Neighbors and Global Health Council, will convene a conference on "NCDs in Children and Adolescents" during March 19-20. The conference has been sponsored by the Medtronic Foundation, …Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on March 16, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
As part of the outcome of the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, the political declaration adopted acknowledged the special challenges faced by children and youth in preventing and treating non communicable diseases, including cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic lung disease (including asthma). It is…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on December 28, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments
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
The State Department has announced the following official US Delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs (September 19-20).
United States Delegation to the UNGA HLM on Non-Communicable Diseases
New York, New York
September 19-20, 2011
The Honorable Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Health and Human…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on September 9, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
As has been widely reported, including here and here, negotiations at the United Nations have stalled over an "outcomes document" that is to be approved by a High Level Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in New York on September 20. Negotiations that were to have been concluded by now…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on August 15, 2011 at 1:34pm — No Comments
Among the many issues to confront the global health community in tackling the rising tide of non communicable disease (NCDs) is how best to measure the extent of the epidemic. This has become an urgent issue in the short period remaining before the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs, scheduled to take place at the UN General Assembly on September 19-20, 2011. Many advocates argue that without a concrete…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on July 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — 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
It is hard to find a life that has not been touched in some way by a non communicable disease (NCD). Whether it's a mother who has breast cancer, a father with diabetes, or a cousin with asthma, virtually all of us have personal knowledge of what it is like to live with -- and sometimes die with -- a chronic illness. That basic fact makes the upcoming UN High Level Meeting on NCDs this September of…Continue
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
Charlotte Block of Project Hope organized a session on May 12 at the CORE Group in Baltimore on "Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) -- The Unheralded Global Epidemic." In addition to Ms. Block, who spoke on the global reach of diabetes, the session also featured presentations by Dr. Vivien Tsu of PATH on cancers…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on May 13, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments
At a meeting on April 20, 2011 of the Global Health Council Non Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable, US Government representatives from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) listed four priority areas that the delegation intended to focus on at the upcoming first global ministerial meeting on healthy lifestyles and non communicable diseases. Holly J. Wong, Associate Director of the Office of Global…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on April 20, 2011 at 2:56pm — No Comments
There have been several significant developments within the past few weeks concering the President's Global Health Initiative (GHI), a planned $63 billion six-year effort to tackle some of the globe's most persistent health…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on March 17, 2011 at 1:00pm — No Comments
...What are India and the foreign donors doing about India’s considerable NCD burden? While I don’t know the answer to this question, I do know that India will join other nations at the upcoming UN High Level Session on NCDs, as the first time the UN body will officially address the world’s largest source of mortality. Its delegation will speak about NCDs, what can be done to prevent them, and how…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on March 15, 2011 at 7:53am — No Comments
The United Nations is convening a High Level Session on Non Communicable Diseases during September 19-20, 2011 in New York. The meeting will feature high level delegations from all UN member nations, including in some cases heads of state and Ministers of Health.
In order to gather information from non-governmental organizations and the private sector related to the subject of non…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on March 10, 2011 at 8:52am — No Comments
One of the many stories to emerge from the conference on non communicable diseases (NCDs) in the poorest of the poor held at Harvard Medical School over March 2-3, 2011 is the idea that there is no sharp dividing line between NCDs and infectious ones. "This is a false dichotomy that must be rejected," said Jean Claude Mbanya, president of the International Diabetes Federation and professor at the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Yaounde, Cameroon.…Continue
Added by Jeff Meer on March 4, 2011 at 6:30am — 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