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.
Amanda Glassman, director of Global Health Policy at the Center for Global Development, discusses the impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), strategies to reduce NDC occurence, and the failure to implement such interventions.
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.
Authors: Sir George Alleyne, Alafia Samuels, and Karen Sealey
Sir George Alleyne, Alafia Samuels, and Karen Sealey explain the tensions between advocacy factions in the effort to reduce non-communicable diseases (and communicable diseases), and potential constructive resolutions.
As tobacco reemerges as a contentious issue in trade policy, CFR Senior Fellow Thomas Bollyky argues that the Obama administration can better balance U.S. mandates on tobacco trade policy with its interests in promoting global health and U.S. standing abroad.
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.
"Chronic diseases -- such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and arthritis -- are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems in the U.S." states the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Research links for background information and publications, current data and news, and organizations involved in addressing noncommunicable diseases (also known as chronic disease).
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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The author examines Pakistan's complex role in U.S. foreign policy and advocates for a two-pronged approach that works to quarantine threats while integrating Pakistan into the broader U.S. agenda in Asia.