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Pressespiegel: "Noncommunicable disease control can generate major financial and health gains, says WHO" (Devdiscourse)

World’s poorest countries can gain USD 350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, said a new WHO report.

Global Development News

Council on Foreign Relations: A Place of Her Own: Women’s Right to Land
Governments globally must reform land rights practices that harm women and hinder economic growth.

DW: To accelerate climate action, citizens are suing governments
After climate talks in Bonn, many criticize outcomes as weak. Increasingly, concerned citizens see legal action as a path for climate action — a thousand climate lawsuits are currently active around the world.

Rights Info: Do We Have A Right To A ‘Good Death’?
Should doctors do everything they can to preserve life, or should some medical techniques, such as cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), be a matter of patient choice? Doctor Sarah Simons wades into the debate and argues that ‘do not resuscitate’ decisions are all about patients’ human rights.

UNDP: With open government, youth can be agents of change for the SDGs
Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is to help countries achieve sustainable development by accelerating structural transformation.

Aljazeera: How can women garment workers' rights be safeguarded in the #MeToo era?
Reports highlight gender-based violence faced by women working in factories making clothes for world's biggest brands.

BMJ: Ending child labour in tobacco production by 2025: the tobacco industry is the problem, not part of the solution
On the World Day Against Child Labour, this article is dedicated to the millions of children trapped in child labour.

NCD Alliance: Consumer rights and industry interference: the case of the soft drink industry in Colombia
In Latin America, the work of NCD civil society organisations (CSOs) is becoming more timely and relevant every day. Today, CSOs are very well prepared to fulfil their commitments and carry out impactful actions aimed at the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), which are the main cause of mortality worldwide.


Global Health News

Business Standard: India to be first to protect health data of citizens with iron-clad law?
The responsibility for ensuring data security and privacy would lie with the entity that has custody of the data.

Health-E News: WHO Commission criticised over sugar taxes in new report
The World Health Organisation (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs’ new report, Time to Deliver, called for urgent action against chronic diseases and mental disorders, the globe’s leading cause of death and ill-health, but failed to include a recommendation on taxing sugary beverages.

BGS Blog: Older people and poor care: a human rights issue
Helen Wildbore shares some key points from her speech to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Ageing and Older People’s inquiry on human rights on 24th April.

Wbur: We Know How To Reduce The Number Of Women Who Die In Childbirth. Do We Have The Will?
We need both for humane maternal care — and that’s true from the poorest to the richest nations in the world.

The New York Times: How to Increase Your Chances of Having a Long, Healthy Life
Public policy and personal behaviors should foster the ability to live free of chronic disease and disability well into old age — in other words, to maximize the chances of adding both years to life and life to years for as many people as possible.


NCDs News

Devex: How to combat NCDs? Take a sector-wide approach
Identifying the most impactful and strategic interventions, dividing tasks according to stakeholder expertise, communicating, and working collaboratively across sectors are key to success.

The Guardian: What is depression and why is it rising?
It’s an illness that fills our news pages on an almost daily basis. Juliette Jowit asks what causes depression, who is susceptible and what the best treatment is.

The Conversation: Caring for elderly Australians in a home-like setting can reduce hospital visits
A new study out today has found residents with dementia in aged-care facilities that provide a home-like model of care have a better quality of life and fewer hospitalisations than those living in more standard facilities.

Devdiscourse: Noncommunicable disease control can generate major financial and health gains, says WHO
World’s poorest countries can gain USD 350 billion by 2030 by scaling up investments in preventing and treating chronic diseases, said a new WHO report.

The BMJ: Svetlana Axelrod and Katie Dain: A blueprint for tackling NCDs
Like with the response to the HIV epidemic in the early days, not enough progress has been made in tackling NCDs. The NCD epidemic is a human rights emergency—bringing all stakeholders along with civil society can help us turn the tide and deliver on the promise of health for all.

Financial Times: Spread of western lifestyle hampers battle against cancer
Obesity poised to overtake smoking as leading risk factor, warn researchers.

The Conversation: Mental health: the dangers of the social media diagnosis
More people are turning to these platforms for help with their mental health issues. This has been exacerbated as the crisis in the NHS sees waiting times for appointments grow.


Risk Factors News

The Independent: Sweets at supermarket checkouts to be banned in fight against childhood obesity
Ministers also considering a 'watershed' prohibiting advertising sugary foods before 9pm.

The Lancet: Sugar, tobacco, and alcohol taxes to achieve the SDGs
More than a decade after the adoption of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, there is compelling evidence that raising tobacco prices substantially through taxation is the single most effective way to reduce tobacco use and save lives.  

NCD Alliance: New global campaign encourages every organisation to Quit Big Tobacco
In honour of World No Tobacco Day, a campaign called Quit Big Tobacco is asking members of the NCD Alliance, and other organisations with an interest in health not to work with ad agencies who work for the tobacco industry.

The Guardian: Work stress raises risk of premature death in vulnerable men - study
Men with diabetes or heart disease under ‘job strain’ have 68% higher risk of early death.

The Conversation: Protecting young Indonesian hearts from tobacco
The world’s second-largest market for tobacco after China, Indonesia is home to 100 million smokers. Smoking kills more than 200,000 Indonesians a year.