IHP news 522: NCDs

By on May 17, 2019

HPW – WHO Releases Draft Guidance On Labelling For Healthy Foods


WHO has released a set of draft “guiding principles” on front-of-label food packaging that would provide stronger indications to consumers of the healthy or unhealthy components in packaged and processed foods. The draft WHO Guiding principles and framework manual for front-of-pack labelling for promoting healthy diet, will provide a key input to deliberations by the 45th session of the Codex Alimentarius Committee on Food Labeling, a joint Food and Agriculture Organization and WHO body, which yesterday opened a week-long meeting in Ottawa, Canada….”

Lancet Global Health (Comment) – Task-shifted interventions for depression delivered by lay primary health-care workers in low-income and middle-income countries

B Adeyami Ola et al; https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(19)30197-4/fulltext

Comment accompanying a new study in the Lancet Global Health by O Gureye et al.

“…In The Lancet Global Health, Oye Gureje and colleagues report the results of a cluster-randomised trial designed to establish whether two different models of task-shifted intervention delivered by lay health workers in Nigeria could yield similar outcomes in patients with moderate to severe depression. Patients in the intervention group received a fully structured and manualised intervention package that incorporated components of the WHO Mental Health Gap Action Programme intervention guide (mhGAP-IG) for depression as well as problem-solving therapy. Those in the control group received unstructured usual care, enhanced with mhGAP-IG-based training of providers in recognition of depression and basic psychological and pharmacological interventions for depression….”

Reuters – Exclusive: Philip Morris suspends social media campaign after Reuters exposes young ‘influencers’


Cigarette maker Philip Morris International Inc has suspended a global social media marketing campaign in response to Reuters inquiries into the company’s use of young online personalities to sell its new “heated tobacco” device, including a 21-year-old woman in Russia….”

BMJ Feature – Big tobacco, the new politics, and the threat to public health


With several Tory leadership contenders sympathetic to its ideology, the Institute of Economic Affairs is closer to power than it has been for decades. In an exclusive investigation, Jonathan Gornall reveals how the organisation is funded by British American Tobacco and has links with senior conservative ministers. After orchestrating a series of attacks on public health initiatives, the IEA may now hold the key to No 10…”

See also a related BMJ EditorialThink tanks should come out of the shadows

BMJ Global Health (blog) – Why drowning is ignored – and what can be done about it

M Gupta; https://blogs.bmj.com/bmjgh/2019/05/10/why-drowning-is-ignored-and-what-can-be-done-about-it/

On the neglect of drowning in global health policy. The authors suggests some possible ways to overcome this, including via linking drowning with climate change and disaster management, and also through linking it with the WASH agenda.

Guardian – Britons get drunk more often than 35 other nations, survey finds


#World champions : )

Drinkers in the UK get drunk more than any other nation in the world, findings from a global survey suggest. Britons reported getting drunk an average of 51.1 times in a 12-month period – almost once a week – the report featuring 36 countries found….” Figures based on the Global Drug Survey.

And a quick link:

JAMA Association of a Beverage Tax on Sugar-Sweetened and Artificially Sweetened Beverages With Changes in Beverage Prices and Sales at Chain Retailers in a Large Urban Setting  New study on the Philadelphia Soda Tax.

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