NCDs: Let’s Not Forget Social Determinants of Health

October 2nd, 2012

This piece was originally published on the Public Health Institute’s Dialogue4Health blog. Follow them on Twitter at @Dialogue4Health. By Jeff Meer Non communicable diseases (NCDs), mainly cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are responsible for roughly two out of every three deaths today. Other NCDs, including mental illness, accidents, renal disease and dental disease, kill… Read More

Game-Changing Solutions Needed to Reduce Deaths from Chronic Disease

September 25th, 2012

This piece was submitted as a supplement to our ongoing op-ed series. We’re delighted to share it here. By Gloria Sangiwa, MD Chronic diseases — notably cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes — now account for nearly 35 million deaths annually. The human and economic burden of chronic diseases are staggering,especially in developing countries…. Read More

A Country Perspective on the One Year Anniversary of the UN NCD Summit

September 18th, 2012

Here in Uganda, health professionals have been leading from the frontlines and working tirelessly to improve the lives of those affected by NCDs. The UN Summit was a historical event and we know change will not come overnight, but we cannot wait any longer to take action. Now is the time to use the momentum from the Summit to focus on country action and scale up successful programmes. We invite you to join us and help make Uganda and other countries the next success story in the fight against NCDs.

What’s a Non-Communicable Disease and Why do I Care?

August 14th, 2012

By 2030, non-communicable diseases will cause five times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria COMBINED. With numbers so staggering how could I not have known? But learning what NCDs are was only the beginning of my journey. As a communications intern for Arogya World, I began to delve into the research trying to piece together the implications of NCDs. And what I learned is troublesome.

NCD Case Studies: “Best buys” for combating non-communicable disease

August 9th, 2012

Over the past year I had the opportunity to work as a Policy and Advocacy Intern for Arogya World, and during that time I developed case studies on what works in the prevention of and fight against non-communicable diseases. Four case studies have been completed now, each with a different approach on what are the “best buys” for combating the global NCD pandemic.

Arogya World: Spreading our Vision for Arcadia

August 2nd, 2012

Recently, Arogya World held the first in a series of events to help spread the word about Arogya World, our advocacy work and our programs in India. It has been such a pleasure to meet so many of you who share our passion for creating a healthier world, and we look forward to making new… Read More

4 Financial Reasons Companies Need to Focus on Employee Wellness

July 5th, 2012

June was National Employee Wellness Month, sponsored by Virgin HealthMiles, an enterprise designed to help companies understand the value of helping employees to maintain their health and to share strategic ways in which to incorporate healthful behaviors into the workday. More than just a feel-good campaign, investing in employee wellness is a smart business decision year-round. As we look back on Employee Wellness Month, here are four ways that addressing employee wellness just makes good cents, pun intended.

Including Non-Communicable Diseases in the Rio+20 Dialogue on Sustainable Futures

June 19th, 2012

This post was co-authored Dr. Nalini Saligram, Founder and CEO of Arogya World, and Dr. Felicia Marie Knaul, Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative. The upcoming Rio+20 Conference ( June 20-22, 2012) is a pivotal moment for leaders across the world to come together to find solutions to many… Read More

Together, the U.S. and India Have What it Takes to Tackle NCDs

June 16th, 2012

Secretary Clinton’s inspiring piece on how the interests of the U.S. and India are aligned on issue after issue (India and the United States: A Focus on the Fundamentals) compelled me to articulate one more way in which the world’s two biggest democracies could pave the way for international co-operation. This is a remarkable opportunity for the U.S. and India to join together in addressing NCDs, chronic non-communicable diseases.

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