In September 2010, CNN teamed up with the social network Foursquare to launch a “Healthy Eater” badge that Foursquare members could get by visiting any two participating local farmers’ markets. Kudos to CNN and Foursquare for using their platforms to take on social causes, for finding innovative ways to encourage people to eat right, and for trying to make eating healthy cool and fun.
Authors of a new report on worldwide funding for NCDs predict a future of difficult choices for resource-poor countries that must contend with a large infectious disease burden at the same time that the incidence of NCDs is on the rise.
In their analysis of donor spending on NCDs in developing countries, Nugent and Feigl found that though 60% of deaths around the world are from NCDs, and 80% of those occur in developing countries, less than 3% of overall development assistance for health in 2007 was dedicated to NCDs. Still donor funding for NCDs to developing countries grew by 618% between 2001 and 2008, in large part from private non-profit donors.
On November 11, 2010, The Lancet published online a new series titled Chronic Disease as a Development Issue in preparation for the UN High Level Meeting of the General Assembly on non-communicable diseases, scheduled to take place in September of 2011. This is the third in a series of papers on chronic diseases that The Lancet has produced in the last five years. It is wonderful that they have set themselves such a high bar, saying that “Our measure of success for this Series will be a central place for chronic disease prevention in the global development agenda during the coming year and beyond.”
Each year, November 14 marks World Diabetes Day, a day set aside to increase awareness of the disease, and educate the public about diabetes risks and prevention. A few days ago, on November 11, we launched the framework for our Healthy Schools and Healthy Workplace Seals of Approval in India, new programs to fight diabetes in India, where the incidence of diabetes is extremely high and growing.
11 Nov 10, New Delhi: Arogya World launched the framework for its Healthy Schools* and Healthy Workplace** ‘Seal of Approval’ in New Delhi this morning, to mark World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2010. The programme, which has been developed in partnership with HRIDAY-SHAN, the Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC), and the Public Health Foundation… Read More
A new article in Bloomberg Markets Magazine examines the rising incidence of diabetes in India. Doctors cited in the article posit that Indians may be especially prone to developing non-communicable diseases like diabetes and heart disease due to recent changes in lifestyle as the economy has grown.
The article quotes Arogya World Steering Committee members Dr. Nikhil Tandon, Dr. Anoop Misra, and Dr. Viswanathan Mohan.
On Sunday, November 7, 2010, friends and supporters of Arogya World gathered at the suburban Philadelphia, PA, home of founder Nalini Saligram. There, they enjoyed a cooking demonstration of an original recipe for a diabetes friendly after school snack created exclusively for Arogya World, by renowned chef Hemant Mathur.
In early October, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, with the support of Governor David Paterson, proposed that the USDA’s food stamp program should prohibit New Yorkers from buying sugary soft drinks with state funds. The hope, of course, is to influence people to improve their diets and be healthier, thus reducing obesity and the risk of acquiring chronic diseases like diabetes, diseases that are as expensive to manage as they are debilitating.
Dr. Fran Kaufman, Chief Medical Officer and Vice President of Global Medical, Clinical & Health Affairs at Medtronic Diabetes, Distinguished Professor Emerita of Pediatrics and Communications at USC, and member of Arogya World’s Indo-US Scientific Steering Committee, suggests that “By improving the quality of what the federal food program pays for now, our government will reap the profits by spending less on chronic diseases in the future.”
In its September 23, 2010, issue, the ‘New England Journal of Medicine’ published an article titled “Global Non-communicable Diseases – Where Worlds Meet,” in which authors from Emory University, including Arogya World Scientific Steering Committee member Dr. KM Venkat Narayan, discuss the growing impact of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries, further disproving the myth that diseases such as diabetes, cancer and heart disease are problems only of wealthy nations.
Welcome to Arogya World and our new website! Arogya is a Sanskrit word that means “to live a life without disease,” and Arogya World’s vision is of a world in which people live longer, better lives free of the non-communicable diseases (such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease) that are the cause of millions of deaths each year. These are not simply diseases of the rich and the West. In fact, nearly two out of every three deaths in the world are due to non-communicable diseases. And 80% of these deaths are in low-and middle-income countries.