IHP news 474: NCDs

By on June 15, 2018

Zero draft of the political declaration at UN HL meeting on NCDs


As of 8 June. Not much exciting stuff yet in there.

Lancet Global Health (blog) – Demanding a roadmap for non-communicable disease action: beyond “best buys”

S Ruchman et al; http://globalhealth.thelancet.com/2018/06/08/demanding-roadmap-non-communicable-disease-action-beyond-best-buys

The WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs recently completed its first phase of work by releasing a report, titled “Time to Deliver”, containing recommendations meant to “accelerate action against NCDs”. We applaud WHO for this call for governments to refocus on achieving global targets, including 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 3.4. As rising health professionals inheriting the challenges presented by NCDs, we support the development of a specific, feasible plan that combats the root causes of NCDs and prioritises partnerships and investments that will ensure successful execution and sustained gains. We see key opportunities in (a) promoting South-South collaboration and unconventional North-South partnerships; (b) including patient and community voices; and (c) developing the capacity to implement an NCD agenda among the next generation of global leaders….”

WHO Bulletin – Global susceptibility and response to noncommunicable diseases

A Hatefi, Luke Allen, Thomas Bollyky et al; http://www.who.int/bulletin/online_first/BLT.17.206763.pdf?ua=1

Reframing noncommunicable diseases as shared health threats with global interdependence would justify global function provision for such diseases as a core donor response….”

“…Societal structures that exploit human vulnerabilities, rather than individual choices or chance, limit our ability to avoid the major noncommunicable disease risks. Among these risks are four groups of factors: social determinants; behavioural biology; commercial determinants; and the physical environment….”

“…The increase of noncommunicable diseases is a consequence of global susceptibility and multiplying risk factor exposure. All countries are at risk because globalization is practically impossible to avoid. Relying on national responses and appealing to personal responsibility to control a global problem is insufficient. An effective noncommunicable disease response requires a full range of tools including global functions, which are cooperative strategies that transcend national sovereignty to solve global problems…”

Guardian – Toxic and untaxed: perils of global trade in bootleg liquor exposed


Up to half of all alcoholic drinks consumed in countries across Africa and Latin America are illicit – more than double previous estimates – according to new analysis. Methanol, mortuary formaldehyde and battery acid were among a cocktail of toxic ingredients found in unregulated drinks, according to the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking…”

Tobacco control – Impact of the WHO FCTC over the first decade: a global evidence review prepared for the Impact Assessment Expert Group

J Chung-Hall et al; http://tobaccocontrol.bmj.com/content/early/2018/06/07/tobaccocontrol-2018-054389?papetoc

This review present findings of a narrative review on the implementation and effectiveness of 17 Articles of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) during the Treaty’s first decade.

Lancet (Editorial) – Living and dying with dementia


“Given that an effective new medication to halt, improve or cure dementia seems as remote as ever, Care needed: Improving the lives of people with dementia (June 12) from the OECD instead prioritises living with dementia….”

Dying with dementia is a difficult topic, bordering on taboo….”

The Conversation – We must ensure new food retail technologies are pathways – not barriers – to better health

K Backholer; https://theconversation.com/we-must-ensure-new-food-retail-technologies-are-pathways-not-barriers-to-better-health-96204

Imagine a world where smart pantries sense when you are running out of your favourite food and order more of it, without you lifting a finger. Where intelligent robots roam your grocery store, ever at your service. Where dynamic food pricing changes minute-to-minute depending on the weather outside, or what the store down the road is offering. It may sound like a seismic shift in our food retail world, but these technological frontiers are real and the food sector is gearing up in a big way. What is less certain is what impact such changes will have on our health. Just as entrepreneurs must capitalise on future trends when building a business, health professionals must delve into the future of retail technology to identify barriers and opportunities for the achievement of good health….”

And a few quick links:

NYTAnheuser-Busch to Pull Funding From Major Alcohol Study  “…Brewing giant Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of five alcohol companies underwriting a $100 million federal trial on the health benefits of a daily drink, is pulling its funding from the project, saying controversy about the sponsorship threatens to undermine the study’s credibility, the company announced Friday….”  See also Stat (in an article pril) – NIH rejected a study of alcohol advertising while pursuing industry funding for other research

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