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NCDA in the Media

Click on the links below to see highlights of where the NCD Alliance has featured in news, blogs, television, radio, podcasts and other media around the world recently.

Government to provide resources for health activities (13 Feb. 2018)

ACCRA (Ghana News Agency) - Members of civil society organisations have called on government to allocate resources to health activities to prevent non-communicable diseases in the country.

Multiple chronic diseases leave patients with adversely high costs (7 Feb. 2018)

MELBOURNE (University of Melbourne) - Current strategies for treating patients with several chronic diseases are putting an unnecessary financial burden on countries’ health systems and individuals, a global study led by the National University of Singapore and the University of Melbourne has found.

Global Fund partnership with Heineken

African groups sign Global Fund protest letter on Heineken partners (5 Feb 2018)

(Africa Times) - African health advocacy organizations have joined in a global campaign against the Heineken beverage company’s new partnership with The Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Not remotely refreshing: global health fund criticised over Heineken alliance (2 Feb 2018)

(The Guardian) - A global health fund has come under severe criticism over its decision to partner with Heineken, a move campaigners warn will “undermine and subvert” alcohol policy implementation in Africa.

Health NGOs slam Global Fund partnership with Heineken (1 Feb 2018)

(AFP, via Modern Ghana) - Civil society groups Thursday called on The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to scrap a new partnership with Dutch brewing giant Heineken.

Health campaigners decry global HIV fund's deal with Heineken (1 Feb 2018)

LONDON (Reuters) - International health campaigners and alcohol concern groups called on a major global HIV and malaria fund on Thursday to end immediately a partnership it had signed with the Dutch brewer Heineken.

Experts urge firm stand on non-communicable diseases (30 January 2018)

(The New Times, Rwanda) - East African countries have called for more action in preventing and treating non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Rising to a global health challenge (26 Jan 2018)

(Development and Cooperation) - Civil-society organisations have a role to play in making societies handle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) appropriately.

Employers' Strategic Advantage (16 January 2018)

(Development and Cooperation) - Non-communicable diseases kill 40 million people per year, and more than 80% of those deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. Interventions in the workplace can help to prevent such suffering, as the NCD Alliance argues in a recent publication.

Governments and industry must do more on NCDs (8 January 2018)

(FT Health, interview with NCD Alliance President José Luis Castro) -  "The mega-corporations have the size and clout to frame NCDs as lifestyle diseases that are the result of personal choice, but what they are doing is shifting the responsibility to individuals for the products they are pushing which are unhealthy."

Three questions with Katie Dain (22 Dec)

(FT Health: 2017 in Review) - FT Health: What more needs to be done to tackle non-communicable diseases? Katie Dain: Funding is still really lacking and progress has been very slow, especially in dealing with childhood obesity ...

Second Global NCD Alliance Forum, 2017

Are actions out-of-step to control the 'tsunami' of NCDs? (15 Dec)

(Citizen News Service) - The city of Sharjah is about to get an air-conditioned walkway to promote walking all the year round- during the 5 months of searing summer heat of United Arab Emirates (UAE), informed the Ruler of Sharjah at the Second Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017: "Stepping up the pace on NCDs: Making 2018 count"

Youth key in combat against NCDs (14 Dec)

DUBAI (The Gulf Today) - A policy report and two studies on the prevalence of modifiable risk behaviours (MRBs) among the youth that result in life-long non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as well as one research which shows that regular physical activities mitigate the onset or worsening of these conditions were presented on Monday.

Liberia: Aids, NCDs, and the ABCs of Organizing (13 Dec)

GENEVA (The New Dawn) - ... Despite widespread knowledge of the risks, global obesity goes largely unchecked, while tobacco and alcohol use continue to rise. It is against this backdrop that networks of NCD alliances met December 9-11 at the second Global NCD Alliance Forum, in the United Arab Emirates.

Jawaher extols NCD organisations (13 Dec)

SHARJAH (The Gulf Today) - Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi: “I would like to commend the initiatives and innovative campaigns that receive these awards, but also recognise the inspirational efforts of all those who seek to reduce the incidence of NCDs across the world."

Second global NCD Alliance (Forum) launches worldwide initiative (11 Dec)

SHARJAH (The Gulf Today) - A global initiative which gives a face and underscores not the quantity, but the devastating effects of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which no one is spared of, was launched by an international alliance of over 2,000 civil societies around the world on Sunday in Sharjah.

Soon, Sharjah to have air-conditioned walkways (10 Dec)

SHARJAH (Khaleej Times) - In a first, the city of Sharjah will soon have air-conditioned walkways to beat the five months of intense summer that prevent people from being active and causing obesity...

Sultan inaugurates 2nd Global NCD Alliance Forum 2017 (10 Dec)

SHARJAH (The Gulf Today) - In his inaugural speech, Sheikh Sultan repeatedly acknowledged the big help of the civil society in letting governments of their respective countries be more conscious and more active in prioritising the promotion of health and the protection of every human being against NCDs.

TV interview with NCD Alliance CEO Katie Dain (9 Dec) - SHARJAH (Sharjah24)

NCD Forum to open tomorrow in Sharjah (8 Dec)

SHARJAH (The Gulf Today) - The second Global NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Alliance Forum, which runs from Dec. 9-11 will commence tomorrow at 4pm in Sharjah...

Second Global NCD Alliance Forum kicks off on Saturday (7 Dec 2017)

SHARJAH (Gulf News) - The second Global NCD (Non-Communicable Diseases) Alliance Forum will kick off in Sharjah on Saturday, bringing together more than 80 experts from around the world.

How to improve access to NCD care (20 Nov 2017)

(Devex, sponsored by Novo Nordisk) - By 2030, diseases associated with wealth will kill more people in sub-Saharan Africa than diseases associated with poverty.

Obese people are 80 times more likely to develop this disease (14 Nov 2017)

(health24.com) - One in 11 adults worldwide is living with diabetes, according to the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) which released the new estimates in its Diabetes Atlas today.

World leaders are showing up to fight NCDs. Let's not get distracted (2 Nov 2017)

(devex, Opinion article by NCDA CEO Katie Dain) - We can either sleepwalk our way into a sick future as we are currently doing, or our political leaders can decide that hundreds of millions of lives are indeed worth saving and that we must fall on the right side of  history.

Controversy over appointment of Robert Mugabe as WHO NCDs Ambassador

See civil society's response to the appointment of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as WHO Goodwill Ambassador for NCDs in Africa. See NCDA's response when the appointment was rescinded. For a sampling of media coverage of the incident, see below:

Mugabe removed as WHO goodwill envoy after outrage (22 Oct 2017)

(Reuters) - Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has been removed as a goodwill ambassador, the World Health Organization said on Sunday, following outrage among Western donors and rights groups at his appointment.

Robert Mugabe's WHO appointment condemned as 'an insult' (21 Oct 2017)

(BBC News) - The choice of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe as a World Health Organization (WHO) goodwill ambassador has been criticised by several organisations including the British government.

Robert Mugabe is appointed a WHO goodwill ambassador, stunning critics (20 Oct 2017)

(Statnews.com) - The new head of the World Health Organization has named Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe a goodwill ambassador for the agency, a move that has startled and dismayed public health experts.

Sri Lanka's efforts to eradicate non-communicable diseases praised at World Health Summit (21 Oct 2017)

COLOMBO (colombopage.com) - Sri Lanka's political commitment and efforts to eradicate non-communicable diseases (NCDs) received praise at the 9th World Health Summit held from 15th-17th October in Berlin.

World Health Summit urges political will to follow up on UHC commitments (20 Oct 2017)

BERLIN (Devex) - Advocates for universal health coverage this week lauded the way that global political agendas have integrated health issues in recent years. But participants in this week's World Health Summit in Berlin — including Nobel laureates, health ministers from around the world and leaders of international agencies — warned that, without political will, few countries will be able to deliver on those pledges.

120 million premature deaths - How many more reasons do we need for action? (18 Oct 2017)

(allafrica.com) - By Katie Dain - On the first day of the WHO Global Conference on NCDs, Montevideo Uruguay, NCD Alliance CEO Katie Dain spoke candidly on building ambitious national NCD responses to reach SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030. This blog reflects her remarks. Note: this blog post was originally published on the NCD Allilance website.

Advocates seek noncommunicable disease funding mechanisms (11 October 2017)

MEXICO CITY (Devex) - Experts from the NCD Alliance have expressed concern with the lack of progress on tackling NCDs, which kill 40 million people every year, three-quarters of which occur in low- and middle-income countries. At the first U.N. high-level meeting, countries set nine global NCD targets, including reducing premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.

Diabetes, heart diseases big worry for Bangladesh, killing younger people: NCD Alliance (9 October 2017)

MEXICO CITY (bdnews24.com) - The Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCD Alliance) warns South Asian countries including Bangladesh about the “aggressive” spread of the diseases such as heart problems and diabetes affecting people mostly in younger age.

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