News and Blog Posts

Featured again on the Global Health Council Blog, Lewis Holmes and Amy Kravitz of John Snow, Inc write about NCDs, this time on what we can learn from high income countries. “While there are significant differences between the NCD epidemics in countries of varying socio-economic development, there are many similarities.  Lessons learned from our experiences in HIC can, and should, be applied to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).”

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John Snow, Inc is a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world.

Worldwide, one in six people will have a stroke in their lifetime and stroke claims a life every six seconds.

On World Stroke Day, October 29, 2013, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association encouraged the public to learn F.A.S.T. to remember stroke warning signs and go beyond by raising awareness that stroke is largely preventable, treatable, and beatable.


The American Stroke Association is a division of the American Heart Association dedicated to prevention, diagnosis and treatment to save lives from stroke — America’s No. 4 killer and a leading cause of serious disability. The ASA funds scientific research, helps people better understand and avoid stroke, encourages government support, guides healthcare professionals and provides information to enhance the quality of life for stroke survivors. The AHA and ASA work hand-in-hand; what’s good for the heart is good for the brain.

Anthony Duttine of Handicap International discusses what happens “after the life is saved” on a blog post featured on The Huffington Post.

“There’s look of steely determination on his face. It’s a look I’ve seen many times before. As a physical therapist I have the privilege of working alongside people in some of the most challenging – and vulnerable – periods of their lives. John is no different. He had a stroke some two months prior to this session and these are the first steps he has taken by himself since. He’s walked with my support a number of times and by himself in between the parallel bars, but today, for the first time, it’s just him, his cane, and his determination. It’s a key moment in his rehabilitation process.”

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Featured on the Global Health Council blog is a post on NCDs and its evolution to global dominance. Written by Lewis Holmes and Amy Kravitz at John Snow, Inc, a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world, the article describes how “declines in the morbidity and mortality of infection and malnutrition gave way to the emergence of hypertension, stroke, and coronary disease.”

The article goes into further detail: “Until very recently, NCDs were in the remote background of a global health agenda dominated by infectious and maternal/neonatal ailments in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC).  And in fact, globally deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional causes dropped from 34% in 1990 to 25% in 2010.  At the same time, however, NCDs have continued to increase and today account for almost two-thirds of deaths worldwide.  Cardiovascular disease alone is the leading cause of death with 80% of those deaths occurring in LMIC.”

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Anthony Duttine, Handicap International’s Rehabilitation Technical Advisor in Global Health, writes about the NCD meetings held at the 2013 United Nations High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases, comparing his experience from previous years.

“The discussion could not have been more different than the ones I had had in 2011. “Equitable health services,” “rehabilitation services,” and “universal health coverage” were the words buzzing around the panel. My own contribution was to speak of what I, as a physical therapist, and Handicap International, a disability focused organization, are seeing in the 61 countries where we work. As a result of diabetes, strokes, and other health conditions often thought to be a rich world’s problem, more and more people in the developing world are coming to us with impairments and disabilities.”

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In this post on the International Food Information Council Foundation blog, an update on non-communicable disease prevention and control and our role to improve health is further discussesd. Questions are answered on what various organizations have done to address this global issue and what we can do to help. The blog also explores financial costs, research interests, targets, and indicators.

Read the whole post “What’s This Global Discussion On “NCD’s” and Do You Have a Role? An Update on Noncommunicable Disease Prevention and Control Efforts” on the IFIC Blog

Last November marked the second anniversary of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases, only the second time since the one held on HIV/AIDs. Guest post writers Loyce Pace Bass and Rebekkah Schear at the LIVESTRONG Foundation write about the stigmas associated with NCDs and challenges faced by patients.

Bass and Schear write, “In an effort to better understand the nature of cancer-related stigma and its impacts, the LIVESTRONG Foundation conducted 18 months of global research across ten countries and discovered that, while 78% of respondents would tell their families if they were diagnosed with cancer, only 34% would tell their friends, and only 14% would tell “everyone.” Our research illustrated that people view cancer as a death sentence and this belief is impacting their ability to receive treatment and support. In fact, the data showed that far more people chose fear of the result as the reason for not getting screened for cancer than all other answers (including lack of access to care and the cost of screening). This becomes a self-fulfilling cycle, as those who delay diagnosis often only come to receive care when their cancer is at an incurable stage.”

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Arogya World has completed mDiabetes, a Commitment made at the 2011 Clinton Global
Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. With this groundbreaking effort, Arogya World has reached
more than one million people from all over India with text messages in 12 languages about
diabetes and its prevention, and has tested the program’s effectiveness in bringing about
behavior change known to prevent diabetes.

mDiabetes was designed and implemented by Arogya World in partnership with Nokia Life.
Other partners include Emory University, Johnson & Johnson, Aetna, Biocon and Ipsos.

Download a PDF of the case study: ArogyaWorld mDiabetes Fact Sheets CGI 2013

In this interview with Kimberly Reed, Executive Director of the IFIC Foundation, Sir George Alleyne gives a preview to the upcoming 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva (May 20-28, 2013), and also addresses the importance of science-based communications and multi-sector engagement, the role of the NCD Roundtable, the variety of NCDs, and the impact of the changing demographics in our world.

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In this post on the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation blog, Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, writes about the 68th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), which took place in September. The event focused on “Post-2015 Development Agenda: Setting the Stage,” and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon stressed the importance of business, civil society, and philanthropic community collaboration.

Reed writes: “The U.S. Government and the CARICOM Community, with the NCD Alliance and the NCD Roundtable (of which the IFIC Foundation is a member), co-hosted: Healthy Planet, Healthy People: Building Synergies for Sustainable Development. Dr. Richard Horton, Editor of The Lancet, moderated a lively panel discussion on the lessons learnt from the MDG era for health, importance of including NCDs as a central part of the post-2015 framework, and challenges of integrating health across all dimensions of sustainable development.”


Read the whole post, “That’s a Movement,” on the IFIC Blog