Diseases, Noncommunicable


Global Action on Non-Communicable Diseases

Author: Toni Johnson

NCDs such as cancer and heart disease are becoming leading causes of death in the developing world and will be the focus of a September UN meeting. But health experts and others are divided about how much funding should go into a global campaign aimed at preventing NCDs and whether infectious disease programs will suffer as a result.

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Prioritizing Non-Communicable Diseases

Interviewer: Toni Johnson
Interviewee: Derek Yach

Derek Yach, director of global health policy at PepsiCo, discusses the role of government and business in lowering mortality rates from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). "We now have overwhelming evidence, both of the health impact, and perhaps as importantly, we're starting to see the economic impact of heart disease, diabites, chronic lung disease, cancer," says Yach, arguing this data is raising global interest in the issue of NCDs.

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A Preview of the World Health Assembly

Speaker: Larry Gostin
Presider: Yanzhong Huang

Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health and the Council on Foreign Relations and Lawrence Gostin, Professor of Global Health at Georgetown University Law Center, discusses what the upcoming World Health Assembly in Geneva will likely address and possible reforms to the World Health Organization.

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Primary Sources

First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control: Moscow Declaration

After the publication of Global strategy for the prevention and control of NCDs and its action plan, the Russian Federation and World Health Organization organized a conference focused on developing policies and programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and NCD prevention. The conference took place in Moscow, April 28-29, 2011, in Moscow.

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Transcript Speakers: Rachel Nugent, Derek Yach, and Jean-Paul Chretien
Presider: Yanzhong Huang

Profound changes in lifestyle, diets, and access to health care are taking place across the developing world. Higher income is commonly considered to lead to improved health, yet it also leads to increased incidence of noncommunicable diseases. In developing countries, these often affect working adults more than in developed nations. In this meeting, health experts offer analysis and recommendations regarding these trends.


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