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​Incorporating NCDs into facility-based surveillance systems

Many countries face the double burden of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in addition to communicable diseases (CDs). This situation is particularly challenging for settings with scarce resources. Routine systems for disease surveillance commonly do not include NCDs, making them hard to detect, quantify, prevent, and address. A study from Mozambique illustrates how surveillance tools for communicable diseases can be adapted to integrate NCDs into existing surveillance systems. Read more>

20/02/2019 13:44

Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition, and Climate Change

Eight years after the first series on obesity in 2011, the Lancet Global Syndemic Commission published in the last week, emphasizes the need to put obesity into a much wider context, namely a global syndemic of obesity, undernutrition, and climate change. A syndemic is the “presence of two or more disease states that adversely interact with each other, negatively affecting the mutual course of each disease trajectory, enhancing vulnerability, and which are made more deleterious by experienced inequities”. The Lancet Commission is appraising for a complete change of direction to understand obesity. Read more>>

12/02/2019 16:22

World Cancer Day on February 4th, 2019

This year alone, nearly 8 million people will die of cancer, and left unchecked the number of deaths is estimated to increase to 13.2 million per year by 2030. World Cancer Day is a campaign developed to inspire change and mobilise action against cancers, many of which are preventable. This year marks the launch of the 3-year ‘I Am and I Will’ campaign to create long-lasting impact by increasing public awareness, personal commitment and engagement through the power of individual action to positively impact on future health. Read more>>

29/01/2019 14:29
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