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  • Australia Passes Historic Legislation on Cigarette Packaging

    Announcements  |  21st November 2011

    Tobacco giant Philip Morris is suing the Australian government over a new law making plain packaging mandatory for cigarettes from December 2012.

  • 8th Asia Cancer Forum announces commitment to support UN Political Declaration on NCDs

    Announcements  |  07th November 2011

    During last week's JSCO 2012 Annual Meeting, the 8th Asia Cancer Forum adopted a Declaration outlining its commitments to address cancer, in line with the recently adopted UN Political Declaration on NCDs. The Declaration was adopted at the 49th Annual Meeting of the Japan Society of Clinical Oncology which took place from 27 - 29 October 2011 under the theme: “Toward the goal: Finding the best way and Taking the first step”.

  • Political commitment, integrated strategies and affordable medicines are necessary for addressing NCDs

    Announcements  |  02nd November 2011

    Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are threatening millions of lives unless major policy changes take effect, according to experts speaking at a press conference held in Lille, France as part of the 42nd Union World Conference on Lung Health.

  • NCD Alliance welcomes Rio Declaration and calls for joint action on NCDs and Social Determinants

    Announcements  |  24th October 2011

    The NCD Alliance applauds the World Health Organization for convening the World Conference on Social Determinants of Health, coming to an end today in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The NCD Alliance congratulates the Government of Brazil for hosting the conference and for providing global leadership on the social determinants of health; and welcomes the adoption of the Rio Declaration as an important and comprehensive set of global commitments.

  • WHO Launches 'Mental Health Atlas 2011'

    Announcements  |  12th October 2011

    “…..New figures from the WHO Mental Health Atlas 2011 indicate that while the need for mental health care is large, with up to 25% of the population requiring it at some point in their lives, there is underinvestment in the sector. The Atlas shows average global spending on mental health is still less than US$ 3 per capita per year and as little as US$ 0.25 per person per year in low-income countries.

  • NCD Alliance welcomes new WHO/WEF reports on tackling rising disease burden

    Announcements  |  23rd September 2011

    New York – The NCD Alliance, a network of more than 2,000 non-government organizations tackling non-communicable diseases (NCDs), today welcomed two new studies aimed at helping decision makers in low- and middle-income countries reduce the growing burden of NCDs. 

  • South Africa leads the world in setting time bound NCD targets ahead of UN HLM on NCDs

    Announcements  |  16th September 2011

    South Africa has set targets to radically reduce NCDs through a set of time-bound commitments, including a target to reduce salt intake to less than 5 g/day by per person by 2020. These targets were announced at a recent National Summit on NCDs held on 12-13 September ahead of next week's UN High-Level Meeting. President Jacob Zuma will be attending the High-Level Meeting and is expected to announce these commitments to member states.

  • WHO / Union Collaborative Framework for TB and Diabetes launched

    Announcements  |  05th September 2011

    In early 2009, a meeting was held in Geneva between the World Health Organization (WHO) Stop TB Department and Department of Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion, the World Diabetes Foundation and The Union to discuss how to respond to the growing threat of diabetes-associated tuberculosis. Now after much collaborative work between these and other stakeholders, the WHO/Union Collaborative Framework for Care and Control of TB and Diabetes has been launched.