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NCD Alliance Digest

Pressespiegel: "Research finds link between time online and obesity in children" (The Guardian)

Heavy use of the internet and watching commercial TV increase desire for junk food.

Global Development News

The Independent: Modern slavery victims 'drawn back into exploitation' after Home Office slashes support
Asylum-seeking victims of trafficking “cannot afford food and are returning to illegal and exploitative work in order to survive following subsistence cuts”.

Ageing Equal: Social rights for carers: a prerequisite for building age-friendly societies
Eurocarers, the European Association working with and for informal carers, reminds the importance to care for the social rights of the carers – especially when it comes to their work-life balance and health – to ensure that they are given the proper conditions to look after their older loved ones.

Weekly Times: Indonesian children at risk of trafficking
Children left homeless or orphaned after Sulawesi's devastating tsunami are at risk of being preyed upon by child traffickers, an Australian aid agency warns.

EuroNews: 134 million more child brides by 2030 if we don't act now: Save the Children
Unless urgent action is taken, there will be 134 million more child brides in the next 12 years, according to a report by Save the Children.

Ageing Equal: ‘Older people in Greece are seen as a burden and are not encouraged to live independent, active and fulfilling lives’
Liz Mestheneos from Greece gives a vivid account of structural ageism and how it has affected older people across several aspects of their lives, but also Greek society at large.

Huffington Post: Weight Stigma Is Discrimination - It's Time We Stop Blaming People With Obesity
Blame masks the real drivers of obesity and creates major barriers to people getting the help they need to address the disease.


Global Health News

Medium: Sexual and reproductive health information vital for women and girls
Michalina Drejza seeing being a doctor the same as a human rights defender, as she pushes to provide timely information and services for women and girls in Poland.

Blogspot: Is ‘mental health’ contrary to human rights?
Advocacy for legal change and redress is needed everywhere to ensure freedom and integrity for each one of us; the creation and promotion of healing practices and support for anyone to access is similarly critical.

The Conversation: Weight stigma: five unspoken truths
Weight stigma – a negative response to someone based on their weight – is the fourth most common form of social discrimination amongst adults – after age, gender and race. It is the only form of discrimination still widely deemed to be socially acceptable.

The Guardian: Combat loneliness with 'social prescribing', says Theresa May
Doctors will be encouraged to refer patients to art groups, cookery classes and other activities.

BMJ: Toxic masculinity: a poor excuse for poor global health
A potent mix of biology and behaviours determines everyone’s health.  These behaviours are driven, in part, by the expectations of what it means to be a man or woman in any society.

RightsInfo: 10% of Elder People Are Malnourished – Cutting Meals on Wheels Won’t Help
The United Nations Day of Older Persons, a useful opportunity to explore the role of food and the provision of Meals on Wheels in the UK and how the decline in the service is impacting the wellbeing and health, both physical and mental, in the elderly.

The Lancet: Health policy and system support to optimise community health worker programmes: an abridged WHO guideline
Optimising community health worker (CHW) programmes requires evidence-based policies on their education, deployment, and management. This guideline aims to inform efforts by planners, policy makers, and managers to improve CHW programmes as part of an integrated approach to strengthen primary health care and health systems.


NCDs News

Croakey: In the wake of UN meeting, what will it take to step up global action on chronic diseases?
The much-anticipated United Nations High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has disappointed many health leaders, with concerns raised about a lack of high-level political engagement, as well as a lack of teeth and ambition in the meeting’s declaration.

The Guardian: 800,000 people kill themselves every year. What can we do?
In too many places mental health support services are non-existent and those with treatable conditions are criminalized. Bold action is long overdue.

The Telegraph: AI could spot Alzheimer's five years before major symptoms appear
Canadian scientists have created an AI that they claim can successfully spot Alzheimer’s five years before major symptoms appear.

The Guardian: People in mental health crisis neglected by NHS, MPs warn
All-party report says patients forced to visit A&E as core services in England deteriorate.

Devex: Opinion: High-level meeting on NCDs — is there room for quiet optimism?
The world ends not with a bang but with a whimper, goes a famous poem by T.S. Eliot. Much the same can be said for the latest would-be milestone in the global fight against noncommunicable diseases — the third high-level meeting on NCDs, which fell flat after months of anticipation within the global health community.

Medium: Health system strengthening: Decentralisation of Non-Communicable Disease Care
Primary Care International (PCI) is partnering with one of Mozambique’s most established healthcare leaders, Professor Ana Mocumbi, Head of Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Research at the Mozambique Institute for Health Education and Research.


Risk Factors News

The Lancet: Reduce air pollution to beat NCDs: from recognition to action
Air pollution is now recognised as the second leading cause of non-communicable disease (NCD) deaths after tobacco smoking, causing more than 5 million such deaths each year, and 7 million deaths in total, including communicable diseases.

The Guardian: Research finds link between time online and obesity in children
Heavy use of the internet and watching commercial TV increase desire for junk food.

The Conversation: Organic food and cancer risk – gut microbe expert on latest research
A recently published study which followed nearly 69,000 French people over four and a half years seems to indicate there is a link between eating organic foods and a lower cancer risk.

WHO: Policies to limit marketing of unhealthy foods to children fall short of protecting their health and rights
A new report from WHO/Europe finds that many existing policies and regulations aimed at tackling food marketing to children are markedly insufficient, meaning children continue to be exposed to commercial messages promoting foods high in fats, salt and sugar.

BMJ: Is the alcohol industry doing well by ‘doing good’? Findings from a content analysis of the alcohol industry’s actions to reduce harmful drinking
The aims of this study were to describe alcohol industry corporate social responsibility (CSR) actions conducted across six global geographic regions; identify the benefits accruing to the industry (‘doing well’); and estimate the public health impact of the actions (‘doing good’).