Jeff Meer's Blog – June 2011 Archive (4)

UN Civil Society Listening Session on NCDs: Anything But Interactive

Approximately 350 representatives of civil society participated in a one-day session in New York on June 13, to provide verbal input into the UN High Level Meeting on non communicable diseases (NCDs). Convened by the President of the General Assembly and staffed by the World Health Organization (WHO), the session was supposed to be an opportunity for United Nations agencies and member states to hear…

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Added by Jeff Meer on June 17, 2011 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Chronic Illnesses Cost at Least $6 Trillion Annually

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…

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Added by Jeff Meer on June 15, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

What About Children: Don't They Get Chronic Illnesses, Too?

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…

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Added by Jeff Meer on June 8, 2011 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

World Health Organization Sets June 10 Deadline for Input on NCDs

In the run up to the UN High Level Session on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) planned for September 19-20, 2011, the United Nations is convening a civil society interactive hearing session on June 16, 2011 in New York.  The June session is to allow for input from all kinds of…

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Added by Jeff Meer on June 1, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

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