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The documents below relate to key issues, progress and events of relevance to the risk factors.
Commonwealth NCD statement | 74.5 kB
29 Nov 2009 | The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad & Tobago on 29 November produced this 'statement on Commonwealth action on non-communicable diseases'. It affirms a commitment among the countries to address NCDs and increase their ability ‘to respond to this emerging health crisis’, and also highlighted a need for wider action on NCDs as an important part of development, particularly for discussion on their inclusion in the Millennium Development Goal indicators.
Global Alliance press release
16 Nov 2009 | Press release (pdf) from the Global Alliance on Chronic Disease, 16 November 2009, entitled 'Powerful World Alliance of health researchers announces landmark pact on priorities in fight against humanity's most fatal diseases'.
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'.
Engage inactive communities | 1.4 MB
13 Oct 2009 | 'How to engage inactive communities in physical activity: top tips from the BHFNC 8th Annual Conference' is a booklet of practical ‘tips’. The ideas presented were put forward by delegates and the workshop facilitators during the workshop discussions at the British Heart Foundation National Centre for Physical Activity and Health annual conference 2008. It includes generic tips for people working across groups, and also specific tips for engaging key target groups, e.g. people with disabilities, girls and young women, older adults, people with mental ill-health, black and minority ethnic communities and socially deprived communities.
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:
Health and climate change
19 Sep 2009 | Article published in the Lancet (19 Sept 2009) by M. Jay and M.G. Marmot: 'It will require a new mindset: that the measures needed to mitigate the risks of climate change and adapt to its already inevitable effects provide an opportunity to achieve goals that are desirable in their own right—the achievement of the MDGs in poor countries and a healthier, more equal society in the rich world and globally. Failure to agree radical reductions in emissions spells a global health catastrophe, which is why health professionals must put their case forcefully now and after Copenhagen.'
Handbook for stroke care
15 Sep 2009 | The clinical practice guideline development handbook for stroke care has been developed by the World Stroke Organisation's Stroke Guideline Sub-Committee. It has been developed to provide a basic guide for healthcare professionals who wish to develop or adapt clinical guidelines for stroke care across any point in the continuum of care. This handbook is particularly intended for healthcare professionals who manage stroke patients in developing countries or where healthcare resources are scarce.
INWAT newsletter Sept '09-Feb '10 | 1.3 MB
01 Sep 2009 | This issue of the International Network of Women Against Tobacco newsletter, 'The NET', focuses particularly on the role of the 13 million nurses in the world in tackling tobacco control.
Community strategies to prevent diabetes
24 Jul 2009 | This document, 'Recommended community strategies and measurements to prevent obesity in the United States' is by the CDC, in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report series.
Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress 2010 | 16.4 kB
30 Jun 2009 | The inaugural international Healthy Parks Healthy People Congress 2010 will be held in Melbourne from 11 to 16 April 2010, and the call for proposals is now open (see attached, and Parks Victoria will host the event, a unique opportunity to bring together delegates from all relevant sectors (i.e. planning, community development, physical and mental health, tourism, climate change, education, recreation, ecology and park management) to explore how we can take better advantage of the way nature significantly contributes to our wellbeing and broader societal benefits.
Epidemiological transition in rural Bangladesh
19 Jun 2009 | This article, ‘Epidemiological transition in rural Bangladesh, 1986–2006’ (Zunaid Ahsan Karar, Nurul Alam and Peter Kim Streatfield) published in Global Health Action (June 2009), charts the changes in mortality profile in Matlab, rural Bangladesh, over a 20-year period. In 1986, non-communicable diseases (cancers, CVD and COPD, etc.) accounted for 8% of deaths, compared to 52% deaths due to communicable diseases (diarrhoea, dysentery, TB and respiratory infections, etc.). By 2006, 68% of all deaths were due to NCD, with communicable disease accounting for just 11% of the total. CVD mortality increased by a massive 3,527%.
Global Alliance press release | 73.5 kB
14 Jun 2009 | Six of the world’s foremost health agencies have announced the formation of a landmark alliance to collaborate in the critical battle against chronic, non-communicable diseases. The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (Alliance) is being created to support clear priorities for a coordinated research effort that will address this growing health crisis, now reaching world epidemic proportions. Work of the Alliance will focus in particular on the needs of low- and middle- income countries, and on those of low income populations of more developed countries.
Combating chronic disease
11 Jun 2009 | In an article published online in The Lancet on 11 June, Dr Betsy Nabel (Director of the NHLBI), Dr Simon Stevens (President of Global Health at UnitedHealth) and Dr Richard Smith (the initiative’s director) explain the development of, and need for, the NHLBI/UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative, which creates a network of centres of excellence in low- and middle-income countries. There are currently 11 sites: Argentina, Bangladesh, China, Guatemala, two sites in India, Kenya, Peru, South Africa and Tanzania, Tunisia, and along the US/Mexico border. The article references the 3FOUR50 website.
Smoke-free movies
01 Jun 2009 | Subtitled 'From evidence to action', this WHO report calls for enforceable policies to restrict depiction of smoking in movies, which evidence shows may increase smoking among young people. it also recommends giving an adult rating to movies with scenes of smoking, to ensure that films marketed to young people do not include tobacco imagery.
Lancet: Issue on diabetes
23 May 2009 | Special issue of The Lancet (vol. 373, issue 9677, 23 May 2009), focusing on the global threat of diabetes.
Insights from the CSDH for Australia's health | 669.7 kB
28 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Professor Fran Baum, 'Insights from the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health for Australia’s health 2020', given at a seminar held by the OxHA Asia-Pacific Centre in partnership with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy on 28 April 2009, entitled 'Our [Australia’s] journey to being the "healthiest country by 2020"'.
From science to art | 31.5 kB
28 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Professor John Catford, 'From science to art: how are policy decisions made?', given at a seminar held by the OxHA Asia-Pacific Centre in partnership with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy on 28 April 2009, entitled 'Our [Australia’s] journey to being the "healthiest country by 2020"'.
National Preventative Health Taskforce | 2.4 MB
28 Apr 2009 | Presentation by Professor Mike Daube, 'The National Preventative Health Taskforce report - making it happen', given at a seminar held by the OxHA Asia-Pacific Centre in partnership with the Menzies Centre for Health Policy on 28 April 2009, entitled 'Our [Australia’s] journey to being the "healthiest country by 2020"'.
Population adiposity and climate change
19 Apr 2009 | International Journal of Epidemiology article by Phil Edwards and Ian Roberts (LSHTM) that estimates the impact on greenhouse gas emissions of increases in the population distribution of body mass index: 'Compared with a normal population distribution of BMI, a population with 40% obese requires 19% more food energy for its total energy expenditure. Greenhouse gas emissions from food production and car travel due to increases in adiposity in a population of 1 billion are estimated to be between 0.4 Giga tonnes (GT) and 1.0 GT of carbon dioxide equivalents per year.'