IHP news 478 : NCDs

By on July 13, 2018

Economist – As rich children slim down, poor ones are getting fatter


Hear, hear, this is the Economist saying this: “If you want to solve the obesity problem, you have to solve the inequality problem first.

Some more analysis of the interactive civil society meeting on NCDs in New York last week (in preparation of HL meeting on NCDs in Sept)

Health Policy Watch – Civil Society Called Upon To Be ‘Less Civil’ At UN Interactive Hearing On NCDs


The United Nations General Assembly held a hearing on 5 July to engage civil society in the preparatory process toward the third High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases to be held at the UN in New York on 27 September. Civil society made many recommendations to the UN and heads of state at the Interactive Hearing on NCDs in the areas of scaling up prevention and control, financing, promoting multi-sectoral partnerships, and ensuring political leadership and accountability. Amid these recommendations, one counter-recommendation to civil society stood out. James Chau, renowned broadcaster in China, writer and WHO goodwill ambassador for the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and health addressed the audience, saying, “Civil society, with respect, can you please be a little less civil?” This call to civil society was contextualized by Chau in reference to the massive civil society mobilizations of the anti-apartheid and AIDS movements of the 1980s that demanded change. Such action, according to Chau, will be needed in the civil society movement around NCDs.”

IP-Watch – UN Urged To Emphasize Health Over Profit At Upcoming UN High-Level Meeting On NCDs


An open letter sent by 242 organisations and individuals to key United Nations and World Health Organization representatives on 4 July demanded that high prices limiting access to medicines and effective treatment be addressed at the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases.”  (see also last week’s IHP newsletter)

Make sure you also read Katie Dain (CEO NCD Alliance)’s speech at the hearing – ENOUGH of pitiful investments: Katie Dain’s message to Governments on financing for NCDs

This speech was delivered by Katie Dain, CEO of NCD Alliance, during a panel on NCD financing at the Interactive Hearing in Preparation for the 2018 High-Level Meeting on NCDs. “What does civil society see as being the opportunities for countries to scale up financing for NCDs?””

World Cancer Research Fund International (Policy brief) – Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases


“A new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption.”

Our policy brief, Driving action to prevent cancer and other non-communicable diseases: a new policy framework for promoting healthy diets, physical activity, breastfeeding and reducing alcohol consumption, highlights the latest research on the links between diet, nutrition, physical activity and cancer, outlines why public policy is critically important to preventing cancer and other diet-related NCDs and presents a new policy framework to support governments to take action. We developed the new policy framework, using our NOURISHING framework as a foundation, to address physical activity, breastfeeding and alcohol consumption, in addition to diet. The new policy framework modifies NOURISHING’s 10 policy areas, expanding them to 11 areas, adding ‘Healthy urban design’, and broadens NOURISHING’s policy domains to health-enhancing environments, systems change and behaviour change communication….”

Globalization & Health (Debate) – Incorporating a structural approach to reducing the burden of non-communicable diseases

J Yang et al; https://globalizationandhealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12992-018-0380-7

“…We suggest the need for a structural approach to addressing the NCDs epidemic that integrates social science and public health theories. We evaluate two overarching principles (empowerment and human rights) and three social determinants of health (labor and employment, trade and industry, and macroeconomics) addressed in the 2013 Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs to demonstrate how a structural approach to NCDs can be incorporated into existing NCD interventions. For each area considered, theoretical considerations for structural thinking are provided and conclude with recommended actions….”

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