News: The Rise of Diabetes and the Urgent Need for Action

Alyssa GovindanNews

November 14th marked World Diabetes Day, a day created by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in response to the alarming health threats posed by rapidly increasing rates of diabetes globally. Diabetes can be fatal and can lead to blindness, kidney failure, heart attacks, stroke and lower limb amputation. From 1980 to 2014, the number … Read More

Alyssa GovindanNews: The Rise of Diabetes and the Urgent Need for Action

Insights: The Double (and Deadly) Burden of Malnutrition

Alyssa GovindanNews, Newsletter

The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has been increasing in recent years to the point that it now constitutes the leading cause of death worldwide. In response, the Secretary General of the United Nations will convene a third high-level meeting on NCDs at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) this September. The meeting will focus on prevention and control of … Read More

Alyssa GovindanInsights: The Double (and Deadly) Burden of Malnutrition

Opinion: A Whole-of-Government, Whole-of Society Approach Needed to Tackle NCDs

Alyssa GovindanNewsletter

The power of partnerships in promoting a virtuous circle of growth and health By Henry Ashworth Preparations continue for a High-Level Meeting at the United Nations in September, which will focus on action needed to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The UN has rightly called for a whole-of-government, whole-of-society approach to tackling NCDs. All of us can – and should – … Read More

Alyssa GovindanOpinion: A Whole-of-Government, Whole-of Society Approach Needed to Tackle NCDs

The Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

Weight gain has been accelerating across the globe due to a myriad of factors including a growing economy, fast food expansion and a shift towards more sedentary living. Worldwide, 39% of adults were overweight and 13% were obese in 2016. Since obesity rates are not disbursed equally throughout the world, some countries (like the U.S.) are noted for carrying more … Read More

Alyssa GovindanThe Heavy Burden of Obesity in Africa

Strategy and partnerships are needed to gain ground on NCDs

Alyssa GovindanNews Around Global Health

A recent article published by the Lancet addresses the reasons behind a lack of results in non-communicable disease (NCD) reduction despite awareness and appetite for change, arguing that without a clear strategy, NCDs will persist and become even more common throughout the world. NCDs create a heavy economic burden and have a notorious reputation of furthering poverty due to high … Read More

Alyssa GovindanStrategy and partnerships are needed to gain ground on NCDs

World Diabetes Day

Nisa PatelEvent

Led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), World Diabetes Day was created in 1991 by IDF and the World Health Organization in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes. World Diabetes Day (WDD) is celebrated annually on November 14. The campaign is represented by a blue circle logo symbolizing diabetes awareness. It signifies the unity of … Read More

Nisa PatelWorld Diabetes Day