World Bank: NCDs Weaken Health Systems & Hinder Economic Growth in The Caribbean

Fri, 11/18/2011

WASHINGTON, November 17, 2011 Heart disease, cancer, strokes, obesity, diabetes, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death in the Caribbean and represent a rapidly increasing share of total health expenditure for countries in the region, says the World Bank.


Zimbabwe: MDGs Under Threat Due to NCDs Says Vice President

Wed, 11/16/2011

Non-Communicable Diseases are a serious threat to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals and are robbing society's funds that could be devoted to social and economic development, Vice-President John Landa Nkomo has said.


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

Mon, 11/07/2011

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

Wed, 11/02/2011

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.


World Stroke Day - Making the Fight Against Stroke a Global Health Priority

Mon, 10/31/2011

Today is World Stroke Day. There are 15 million people who have a stroke each year. Every other second, an adult or a child, a man or a woman, old or young, suffers a stroke.


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

Mon, 10/24/2011

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'

Tue, 10/11/2011

“…..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

Mon, 09/19/2011

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. 


UN High-Level Meeting puts NCDs on the map, falls short of setting goals or targets

Tue, 09/20/2011

Governments must use Summit momentum to agree ambitious targets to curb the epidemic; and are urged to start drafting costed national NCD plans immediately.


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

Fri, 09/16/2011

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.