ECOSOC Ageing Resolution Updated with NCD Language

Wed, 02/26/2014

Specific NCD language has been accepted for incorporation into the final Commission on Social Development (ECOSOC) Resolution on the implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing.

The preambular paragraph recognizes the links between ageing and rising incidence of NCDs.

Operative paragraph 11 encourages the strengthening of policies and approaches to both the physical and mental health of older people, particularly for NCDs, across the continuum of care.

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RHD in Sudan: An advocate's success

Fri, 02/21/2014

Advocat and clinician Dr Sulafa Ali, a member of the World Heart Federation, shares her successes in raising the profile of pediatric cardiology and building RHD programmes in Sudan.

Click here to read via The Lancet.

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East Africa NCD Alliance Initiative

Fri, 02/21/2014

On 16-17 February, the Uganda NCD Alliance (UNCDA) hosted a two day planning meeting of the East Africa NCD Alliance Initiative.

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South Africa National NCD Stakeholder Meeting

Fri, 02/21/2014

On 11-12 February the newly formed South Africa NCD Alliance convened a stakeholder meeting in Johannesburg entitled “A Call to Action: Stopping the Epidemic of NCDs”. The meeting was part of the NCD Alliance program Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action, and brought together over 90 participants from government, civil society, healthcare providers, industry and academia.

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Nutrition and Dementia Report: ADI and Compass Group

Wed, 02/12/2014

A joint report of Nutrition and Dementia has been released by Alzheimer's Disease International and Compass Group. The report details specific nutrients linked to dementia prevention and nutritional care for dementia and also highlights links between nutrition and other NCDs.

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A new leader for FCTC

Tue, 02/11/2014

Dr. Vera Luiza Da Costa e Silva will become head of the secretariat for the WHO Framework Convention On Tobacco Control in June. From Brazil and currently Coordinator of the Center for the Study of Tobacco and Health, National School of Public Health, Silva will work at WHO HQ in Geneva.

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South Africa considering sugar tax

Mon, 02/10/2014

South Africa's Department of Health is currently considering whether to support enforcement of a "sugar tax" in line with aims to reduce sugar consumption across the country.

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Ethiopia's First Lady Holds World Cancer Day Address

Tue, 02/04/2014

In a meeting to mark World Cancer Day, Ethiopia's First Lady Her Excellency Mrs. Roman Tesfaye brought together major stakeholders working to prevent and control cancer at the Prime Minister’s Office on February 3, 2014. Among the over seventy invited guests were the Minister of Health, the Minister of Science and Technology, the Minister of Women, Youth and Sports, parlamentarians, and representatives of UNFPA, UNAIDS, USAID, Pathfinder, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and NGOs such as the Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society and the Ethiopian NCD Consortium.

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WHO/WPCA Global Atlas of Palliative Care

Tue, 01/28/2014

The World Health Organization and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance today published the Global Atlas of Palliative Care at the End of Life. The Atlas is the first document to identify the need for and availability of palliative care globally.

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Ethiopia Ratifies the FCTC

Tue, 01/28/2014

From the WHO-AFRO.

On the 21st of January, the Ethiopian legislation ratified the FCTC thanks to the advocacy of national partners.

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