How should the World Health Organization partner with industry?

This week at the World Health Assembly, Member States will debate the relationship they believe the World Health Organization should have with so-called “non-state actors.” Because WHO is a United Nations specialized organization, it’s governed by Member States. In other words, since its inception, WHO has only been accountable to governments, and therefore focused predominantly […]

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What’s the US Government doing to combat the global tsunami of chronic disease?

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), conditions like heart disease, cancers, and type 2 diabetes, aren’t confined to wealthy countries. Fueling this tsunami, which now accounts for roughly 6 times as many deaths—or 38 million—globally as major infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined, is (in part) the widespread adoption of unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, […]

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Thank you CVS for putting public health ahead of big tobacco interests

CVS Health Corp. made an emphatic statement this week. They broke rank to stand on principle over corporate interests. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is entrenched in a global campaign to stop or roll back anti-tobacco laws around the world (particularly through multi-lateral trade agreements, like the Trans Pacific Partnership). As the tobacco market wains […]

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The future of chronic diseases through the eyes of youth

This week I had another article published by Devex, this time on the important role of youth advocates to develop and advance public health policy focused on chronic diseases. The article is part of Devex’s #youthwill campaign, focused on youth’s critical contributions to education, global peace-building, employment, and leadership. Young people make up nearly half […]

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How much does the U.S. really spend on global NCDs?

Since the 2011 United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs (noncommunicable diseases), the global health community has been pushing for investments (both by countries and donors) that are commensurate with the current burden of these diseases. NCDs, which include conditions like heart disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, and unhealthy risk factors such as […]

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