IHP news 469: NCDs

By on May 11, 2018

NYT – A Simple Way to Improve a Billion Lives: Eyeglasses


Recommended read. “… In 2015, only $37 million was spent on delivering eyeglasses to people in the developing world, less than one percent of resources devoted to global health issues, according to EYElliance, a nonprofit group trying to raise money and bring attention to the problem of uncorrected vision. … … So far, the group’s own fund-raising has yielded only a few million dollars, according to its organizers. It has enlisted Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the former Liberian president, Elaine L. Chao, the transportation secretary for the United States and Paul Polman, the chief executive of Unilever, among others, in an attempt to catapult the issue onto global development wish lists. They contend that an investment in improving sight would pay off. The World Health Organization has estimated the problem costs the global economy more than $200 billion annually in lost productivity.

And something I didn’t realize: … Then there is the matter of road safety. Surveys show that a worrisome number of drivers on the road in developing countries have uncorrected vision. Traffic fatality rates are far higher in low-income countries; in Africa, for example, the rate is nearly triple that of Europe, according to the W.H.O….”

NCD Alliance webinar (8 May): recordings & slides available


With slides, recordings, …

The Agenda focused on: The 71st World Health Assembly – WHA71; Preparations for the 2018 UN HLM on NCDs; ENOUGH, the campaign on the 3rd High-Level Meeting on NCDs.

Reuters – Peru hikes taxes on sodas, alcohol, cigarettes and dirty cars


Peru is the next country in what will no doubt become a long list. “The Peruvian government hiked excise taxes on sugary drinks, alcohol, cigarettes and polluting cars on Thursday in a bid to tackle public health problems linked to obesity and cancer while shoring up public resources.”


PPT – Changing Corporate Practices to Reduce Non-Communicable Diseases and Injuries: A Promising Strategy for Improving Global Public Health?


A 2016 presentation from N Freudenberg. With some info on the ‘rise of the corporate consumption complex’.  (that really should become a household term in global health circles)

Guardian (Briefing) – What is the true cost of eating meat?


As concerns over the huge impact on the environment, human health and animal welfare grow, what future is there for the meat industry, asks Bibi van der Zee. ”  Interesting briefing with lots of stats & figures on the economics of meat.

Nature (News) – Cancer-killing viruses show promise — and draw billion-dollar investment


Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced on 2 May that it would pay up to US$1 billion to acquire a company that makes cancer-killing viruses. It was a striking show of support for a still-unproven treatment, but the bid is just the latest sign that industry and academics are warming to the approach….”

And some quick links:

GuardianCancer: ‘If exercise was a pill it would be prescribed to every patient’

Leading Australian researchers back world-first campaign for activity to be part of any treatment.”

GuardianEmbrace Mediterranean or Nordic diets to cut disease, WHO says

Britain could lower its rates of cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease by embracing Mediterranean- or Nordic-style diets, a major study into the benefits of healthy eating suggests. A review by the World Health Organization found compelling evidence that both diets reduce the risk of the common diseases, but noted that only 15 out of 53 countries in its European region had measures in place to promote the diets….”

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