New survey shows rise of diabetes in TB patients

Mon, 04/22/2013

The results of a survey conducted by the Union and the State TB Cell in October 2011 has shown the rise of diabetes in TB patients. With a sample of 552 TB patients the prevalence of diabetes was 44% and 84% of these were not properly treated for diabetes.

This has led the Health Department to integrate the Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) with the State’s Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD).

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BRICS need to address the rise of obesity and diabetes

Thu, 04/11/2013

The article highlights the lack of priority and investment of BRICS on healthcare spending and infrastructure to tackle the rise of NCDs within their own countries.

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Graphic Warnings on Cigarettes in Fiji by October

Thu, 04/11/2013

All cigarette packs in Fiji will carry graphic warnings to depict the dangers of smoking by October.

Read more via the Fiji Times


Organizations in Nepal unite to fight NCDs

Tue, 03/26/2013

A group of organizations has united in an alliance to fight non-communicable diseases in Nepal. According to The Himalayan Times, "the alliance will advocate a policy on NCDs with the government."

Read more via The Himalayan Times


Arogya World, Nokia enroll one million people in mDiabetes initiative

Mon, 03/25/2013

"Arogya World and Nokia India today reported that they have enrolled one million people into mDiabetes, the groundbreaking diabetes prevention mHealth initiative in India."

Read the full release via Arogya World


Adoption of Salt Legislation in South Africa--Victory for the Heart and Stroke Foundation SA

Fri, 03/22/2013

The South African Minister of Health has signed into legislation a reduction of salt policy in certain foods including processed and imported foods.

This comes as a victory to one of the members of the NCD Alliance Network, the Heart and Stroke Foundation South Africa since it played a significant advocacy role in promoting the salt reduction platform. It was a member of the salt working group that advised the Department of Health.



US Congress hears testimony on NCDs

Tue, 03/19/2013

Washington, D.C. – In partnership with The NCD Alliance and as a representative of the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Roundtable, LIVESTRONG Foundation Director of Health Policy, Loyce Pace Bass, MPH, testified today on Capitol Hill in favor of sustained U.S. funding to combat the growing threat from non-communicable diseases.

Download the testimony here (via the NCD Roundtable website)


UNICEF director: Be ambitious about health in post-2015

Wed, 03/06/2013

In a speech to attendees at the global thematic consultation in Gaborone, Botswana on health in the post-2015 development agenda, UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake encouraged experts to be ambitious in setting goals and unified in committing to deliver against them. Lake cited the agreed "25 by 25" NCD goal as one example for consideration in the future development framework.

Click here for the full speech, via UNICEF.


New law bans smoking in public places in Russia

Wed, 02/27/2013

President Vladimir Putin has signed a law to ban smoking in public places in Russia. The bill, which will begin to come into force starting 1 June 2013, will also enforce minimum price on cigarettes and restrictions on advertising.

Click here for the full article, via BBC News.


Successful year for the Ethiopian NCD Alliance

Fri, 02/22/2013

The NCD Alliance is proud to share the work of national NCD Alliances in their fight to address NCDs.

The Mathiwos Wondu-YeEthiopia Cancer Society has been working with the Working Group on NCDs, in Ethiopia to push its own government in reviewing and approving the Strategic Framework document on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). It is also included in the fourth Health Sector Development Program (HSPD) and Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP) of the country, for 2011-2015 periods.