UN health agency unveils new data to help countries reduce deaths from tobacco use

Mon, 03/19/2012

15 March 2012

Tobacco use is responsible for five million or 12 per cent of all deaths of adults above the age of 30 globally each year, according to a United Nations report unveiled today, that for the first time provides estimated mortality rates attributable to tobacco for 2004, the year before the international treaty on tobacco came into force.


Update on consultations on proposals for global monitoring framework and targets for NCDs

Fri, 02/10/2012

Contribution to consultations on proposals for global monitoring framework and targets for NCDs
10 February 2012

Download the full PDF statement here.

Five months ago, 193 UN Member States unanimously adopted the Political Declaration on NCDs. The Declaration signals a new era for NCDs, providing consensus on what is causing the NCD epidemic and what must be done to reverse it, and when.


Sugar tax needed, say US experts

Tue, 02/07/2012

Read the original Nature article here.

Sugar is as damaging and addictive as alcohol or tobacco and should be regulated, claim US health experts. According to a University of California team, new policies such as taxes are needed to control soaring consumption of sugar and sweeteners. Prof Robert Lustig argues in the journal Nature for major shifts in public policy.


NCD Alliance and 50 partners call on WHO Executive Board to accelerate adoption of NCD targets

Thu, 01/19/2012

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of the NCD Alliance and 50 leading civil society organisations. We commend Member States on their support for the Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, adopted at the UN High Level Meeting in September 2011.


Indonesia announces wide ranging actions to address Non-communicable Diseases

Tue, 01/10/2012

Noncommunicable diseases top priority in health agenda
Elly Burhaini Faizal, The Jakarta Post

With the number of deaths from noncommunicable diseases far greater than deaths from infectious diseases, the government has prioritized efforts to fight noncommunicable diseases this year.

The Health Ministry is planning to improve campaigns for healthy lifestyle to reduce the risks of noncommunicable diseases while at the same time continuing its fight against infectious diseases.


Gulf Ministers of Health commit to unified action against NCD epidemic

Mon, 01/09/2012

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), whose Ministers of Health met in Muscat, Oman earlier this week, is the first regional entity to respond, at a heads of state level, to the UN General Assembly Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) by developing a regional strategy to address diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, cancer and chronic respiratory disease.

Putting commitments into action


World Health Organization announces consultation on global monitoring framework for NCDs

Fri, 12/23/2011

20 December ׀ 2011 Geneva -- In response to paragraphs 61 and 62 of the Political Declaration of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (resolution 66/2), WHO has developed a discussion paper outlining a comprehensive global monitoring framework and the technical background for developing a set of voluntary global targets for the prevention and control of NCDs, for consideration by Member States.


Brazil becomes largest country in the world to go smoke-free

Thu, 12/22/2011

BRASILIA — President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday signed a law banning smoking in all enclosed public spaces in Brazil.

The new text will make Brazil, which has a population of more than 191 million, the largest country in the world to go smoke-free.

It amends a 1996 law which allowed smoking in specially designated, ventilated areas.

New norms must be regulated by Congress to set the values of fines that will punish violators, the official Agencia Brasil said.


Jordan forms National NCD Committee to Implement National NCD Strategy

Wed, 11/30/2011

AMMAN - Jordan is committed to implementing the National Strategy for Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD), as immediate action is required to create public awareness about NCDs, a Ministry of Health official said on Tuesday.