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The documents below relate to key issues, progress and events of relevance to OxHA.
Rebutting the tobacco industry
10 Nov 2009 | 'Rebutting the tobacco industry: winning smokefree air' is the 2009 status report of the Global Smokefree Partnership. The theme for the report is tobacco industry interference, and it is the first ' to detail the tobacco industry’s tactics to hold back legislation, alongside the positive impact of governments, organizations and individuals who are taking on Big Tobacco, and winning'.
Time to act | 3.5 MB
01 Oct 2009 | 'Time to act: The global emergency on non-communicable diseases' is released by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Heart Federation (WHF) and International Union Against Cancer (UICC). It is the outcome of a joint event held during the 62nd World Health Assembly and calls on the international community to help achieve three specific goals: 1) Donor and funding agency support for essential NCD medicines; 2) An NCD progress indicator in the Millennium Development Goals; and 3) A UN General Assembly Special Session on NCDs. A description of the discussion is also available here:
Health and development: held back by NCDs | 369.5 kB
22 Sep 2009 | A summary (written by Pat Hughes for C3 Collaborating for Health) of a discussion on the urgent challenge to global health and development resulting from NCDs held at a meeting in Geneva in May 2009. The event was hosted by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF), and the official publication arising from the event is also available here:
Ann Keeling summit 09 | 816.2 kB
16 Apr 2009 | Presentation on 'Action in progress: turning back the tide of diabetes', given by Ann Keeling, CEO of the International Diabetes Federation, at the OxHA summit '09.
Hungry for change? | 2.8 MB
20 Mar 2009 | This is the Which? 'healthier choices progress report 2009', reporting on a campaign that has been running since 2004 to facilitate healthier food choices.
Obesity and food technology
13 Mar 2009 | A report by the American Council on Science and Health, which discusses using food technology as part of the solution for the public health problem of obesity.
Tobacco Atlas, 3rd edition
09 Mar 2009 | This is the third edition of the Tobacco Atlas, with a report and website documenting: the history of tobacco; prevalence and consumption; youth and secondhand smoking; health risks and mortality; health education and quitting; taxation and regulation; religion; and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. The website allows users to compare data between countries and create customised charts, graphs, and maps. It is published by the World Lung Foundation and the American Cancer Society.
Policy and action for cancer prevention
26 Feb 2009 | 'Policy and Action for Cancer Prevention', published by World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) / American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR), is a policy report that sets out changes that can be made at all levels of society to reduce the number of cancer cases. It contains recommendations for different groups, from governments to the people who do the food shopping for their families.
The prevention of CVD
15 Feb 2009 | This UK report was written by David Furness for the Social Market Foundation, a think-tank that argues that the NHS should take a more sophisticated approach to risk in trying to prevent cardiovascular disease. It presents a series of recommendations all aimed at improving the way the health services deliver preventative services.
Lancet: issue on health equity
08 Nov 2008 | The 8 November issue of The Lancet (vol. 372, no. 9650, pp. 1607+) focuses in particular on the global movement to address the social determinants of health that is gathering pace. The Lancet contributes to this campaign by publishing evidence that can help to reduce health inequalities within and between countries [registration required.] The issue was timed to coincide with the Commission on Social Determinants of Health conference in London (see
Global Burden of Disease 2004 (update)
27 Oct 2008 | This update report from the WHO details the top 10 causes of death and provides estimates for over 130 disease and injury causes, providing a comprehensive picture of the global and regional state of health. It compares deaths, diseases, and injuries by region, age, sex and country income for the year 2004 and projects deaths and burden of disease by cause and region to the year 2030. The report provides policy-makers with useful information to guide strategies and cost-effective interventions aimed at improving health.
World Health Report 2008
14 Oct 2008 | The 2008 World Health Report, 'Primary Health Care – Now More Than Ever’, suggests the steering of health systems towards better performance through a return to primary health care, a holistic approach to health formally launched 30 years ago at the Alma-Ata International Conference on Primary Health Care.
Beyond 'Smoking kills' | 4.8 MB
07 Oct 2008 | This report, subtitled 'Protecting children, reducing inequalities', is published by Action on Smoking and Health (ASH), in collaboration with the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and endorsed by over 100 health and welfare organisations. It calls on the UK government to introduce a comprehensive tobacco control strategy which could help a further 4.5 million smokers to quit by 2015 by: a) requiring plain packaging for all tobacco products (research in the report shows that young people are between 3 and 4 times less likely to pick a plain pack as a branded one if they were trying smoking for the first time); b) prohibiting the display of tobacco products in shops; c) clamping down on smuggling; and d) giving smokers access to safer non-tobacco alternatives to smoking
Closing the gap in a generation
28 Aug 2008 | This link is to the final report of the WHO Commission on Social Determinants of Health, 'Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health'. The document is downloadable from this page (10MB), or sections can be downloaded separately. It is the culmination of a three-year investigation by an eminent group of policy makers, academics, former heads of state and former ministers of health.
3rd report on tobacco control: Mexico | 2.1 MB
31 May 2008 | This report by the Civil Society on the FCTC (editors: Rafael Camacho Solis, Jesús Felipe González Roldán, Francisco J. López Antuñano and María Sonia Meza Vargas) highlights the progress made in tobacco control in Mexico, activities in Latin America. There is considerable optimism in tobacco control in Mexico because in the short amount of time significant progress has been made. Health interests has been put before economics and political interests in relation to tobacco control The dissolution of the original agreement between Ministry of Health and the tobacco industry has allowed the Ministry of Health to recover its autonomy and liberty in regards to tobacco control.
World Health Statistics 2008
20 May 2008 | This link is to the WHO's most recent (4th edition) health statistics, including 10 highlights in health statistics and an expanded set of over 70 key health indicators. It includes, for the first time, trend data where the statistics are available and of acceptable quality.
WHO: Implementing global strategy | 91.1 kB
18 Apr 2008 | This document, 'Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: implementation of the global strategy - Report by the Secretariat', includes in an annex a 'Draft action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases'. It sets out objectives, actions, a time frame and performance indicators for Member States, the Secretariat and international partners in order to guide their work on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases between 2008 and 2013 at global and regional levels.
Sydney Resolution | 39.4 kB
27 Feb 2008 | This is a global call to action, delivered at the OxHA Summit '08 in Sydney. it aims to inspire corporations, governments, financial institutions, donor agencies and others to build a healthy future. it was informed and shaped by collaboration online prior to the Summit, and then discussed and finalised at the Summit.
MPOWER report on tobacco control
07 Feb 2008 | This WHO 'Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2008 - The MPOWER package' presents 'the first comprehensive worldwide analysis of tobacco use and control efforts. It provides countries with a roadmap to reverse the devastating global tobacco epidemic that could kill up to one billion people by the end of this century'. The report outlines a set of six tobacco control measures (the MPOWER package) that reflect and build on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.
The tide might be turning
07 Nov 2007 | This article in Bulletin von Medicus Mundi Schweiz (no. 106, November 2007) by Derek Yach and Stig Pramming of OxHA, highlights significant recent developments that suggest the tide might be turning in favour of sustainable support for chronic disease prevention and control.