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The Punjab Government launched the ‘India Hypertension Management Initiative’ (IHMI) programme for detection and treatment of people suffering from hypertension.
Taxes on sugary beverages are all the rage for public health advocates, but sweet success depends on the playbook.
For the first time in modern history, the Ebola virus reached cities with daily flight service to major global hubs in Africa and Europe. Left unchecked, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated the virus would have infected as many as 1.4 million people in the span of just a few months.
TB, now the leading infectious killer worldwide, takes over 1.5 million lives per year. Treatment lasts at least six months and can cause serious side effects, making it difficult for patients to stick to it.
The state government of Kerala launched a comprehensive programme to assess the prevalence of NCDs among people 30 years of age and higher.
Globally, about 40 percent of children are exposed to secondhand smoking.
The Health Department is launching a major initiative as part of a national programme for developing a registry for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with focus on protocol-based standardized management of diabetes and hypertension
Tuberculosis continues to be a formidable killer around the world due to tobacco use.
Although often referred to as lifestyle issues – implying personal choice – the rapid spread of NCDs around the world suggests they are a more universal problem, correlating strongly with economic development and urbanisation.
People are often victims of their environment and bounded rationality, and government policy can help make the necessary corrections.
More people die of tuberculosis (TB) in India than anywhere else in the world.
In 2016 alone, an estimated 423,000 Indians lost their lives to the infectious disease, accounting for nearly a third of global TB-related deaths.
Preventing an epidemic is a tough mission in any country, especially a nation lacking in resources.
Ghana currently imposes an excise tax of only 13.02 percent on the retail price of cigarettes which is about 56 percent below the WHO benchmark contributing significantly to the low price of cigarettes in the country.
The WHO’s Global Adult Tobacco Survey estimated that the total number of smokers in India fell by 8.1 million between 2009 and 2017. Yet, 625,000 children still use tobacco in the country on a daily basis.
Robert Redfield, a professor at the University of Maryland's School of Medicine, was named the new director of the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A study from the Tobacco Atlas shows that over 6.25 lakh children aged 10-14 smoke cigarettes every day.
The latest figures into smoking habits in the UAE offer the first indicator of the impact of government measures introduced in October to encourage more people to quit.
Tobacco companies have increasingly been targeting the youth with over 625,000 Indian children aged between 10 and 14 years smoke cigarettes every day.
Nationalist Congress Party chief Sharad Pawar opened up about one of his biggest regrets in life: being prone to the use of tobacco.
Experts reports that although heated tobacco devices such as IQOS may be less damaging than conventional cigarettes, their use is still likely to be detrimental to health.
Although the prices of most cigarette packages are now much higher, very cheap brands continue to linger on the shelves and appeal to low income smokers and young people.
Despite lowering tobacco use in recent years, India is home to an estimated 625,000 child smokers aged 10–14 years, according to the Tobacco Atlas.
Tobacco consumption claims 17,887 lives in India every week.
More than 429,500 boys and 195,500 girls in India smoke cigarettes each day.
Although fewer children smoke cigarettes in India than on average in medium HDI nations, more than 429,500 boys and 195,500 girls smoke cigarettes each day,
TB killed 432,000 Indians in 2016 - more than 1,183 every day.
Mass media campaign, 'Cough' will support progress towards the target of eliminating TB by 2025, five years ahead of the global TB elimination target of 2030.
More than 200 organizations globally called on ILO’s governing body to put in place policies prohibiting further collaboration with the tobacco industry.
At the concluding ceremony of the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH), one of the declaration called upon the International Labour Organization (ILO) to "align itself with the decision of the UN Economic and Social Council and end its collaboration with the tobacco industry immediately."
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has re-launched “Cough,” a national mass media campaign to warn citizens about the links between TB and tobacco use.
Big Tobacco’s fastest growing markets are in Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean where regulations are lax and populations are growing, according to the latest edition of the Tobacco Atlas.
20 African journalist participate in a workshop on the effective use of data in public health reporting at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
The Tobacco Atlas reports cigarette consumption in the Middle East has remained stable over the past decade, at an estimated 400 billion cigarettes per year, though this represents an increase of 100 billion since 1999.
The world's biggest tobacco companies make a profit equivalent to USD 9,730 for the death of each smoker, an increase of 39 per cent since the last Atlas was published.
Smoking has come into focus in South Africa after the Department of Health’s Direct-General Precious Matsoso confirmed that proposals to change South Africa’s smoking laws would be presented by the end of this month.
Tom Frieden launches Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative focusing on cardiovascular disease and epidemics and saving 100 million lives in 30 years.
According to the Tobacco Atlas, more than 42,100 South Africans are killed by tobacco-caused disease every year.
Tobacco Atlas details, tobacco marketers have been as adaptable as planarian flatworms, able to adjust to the world's changing landscape.
The sixth edition of the Tobacco Atlas found that the tobacco industry is targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations.
The World Conference on Tobacco and Health ramped up the rhetoric against Big Tobacco, accusing the industry of targeting vulnerable populations where regulations are weak.
The Tobacco Atlas, released by The American Cancer Society and Vital Strategies, ranks Malawi among low-income countries paying a huge cost for not replacing tobacco with smoke-free crops.
As smoking rates continue to drop in countries with aggressive anti-tobacco policies, Big Tobacco is increasingly targeting areas where the interventions are virtually non-existent, a new report charges.
The sixth edition of the Tobacco Atlas, co-authored by the American Cancer Society and Vital Strategies shows that, while progress has been made in controlling the spread of tobacco use, inroads are being made by the industry in parts of Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
Tobacco remains the largest export for Malawi, killing 5,700 a year.
Smoking related deaths and illnesses cost the country about $569 million in 2016 in lost productivity and health expenses.
Research in more than 22 countries found cigarettes are being sold and promoted near schools by an industry that needs to recruit the young to maintain profits
According to the health minister, the survey revealed that 80 per cent of parents with children younger than 16 years old, are concerned about the effects of sugary drinks on their children's health, while 61 per cent of parents are either very concerned or extremely concerned about their child's access to sugary drinks at school.
The sixth edition of The Tobacco Atlas and its companion website TobaccoAtlas.org finds the tobacco industry is increasingly targeting vulnerable populations in emerging markets, such as Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, where people are not protected by strong tobacco control regulations.
Most countries in sub-Saharan Africa have inadequate monitoring of tobacco use, according to the Tobacco Atlas, a report on the global tobacco control efforts and challenges.
Smoking killed more than 2,900 people in the UAE in 2016 and cost the country $569 million in lost productivity and health care costs, according to the latest report on global smoking.
The Tobacco Atlas report of 2018 has warned of the growth of markets supporting illicit ‘white’ cigarettes claiming a third of manufacturers are operating from free trade zones.
While the Health Ministry has aimed to make Malaysia a smoke-free nation by 2045 and subsequently declared smoke-free zones in public areas last year, the reality is that the number of smokers continue to grow.
A new global watchdog agency has been launched to monitor the tobacco industry with $20m of philanthropic funding amid fears of dirty tactics by cigarette companies hit by declining smoking rates in the west.
Twenty selected journalists from five African countries will take part in a workshop on data journalism at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH).
Mr. Jeorge Wilson Kingson, the Global Cancer Ambassador for Ghana and an advocate for tobacco control, will attend the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH).
Luv FM journalist, Prince Appiah, has been selected among 20 journalists to attend the World Conference on Tobacco or Health (WCTOH) and participate in a journalism workshop on use of data in public health reporting.
With growing recognition of pollution’s enormous global impacts, the time has come to end neglect of pollution, acknowledge that pollution is a major NCD risk factor
Kathmandu Metropolitan City has forwarded a plan to strictly control purchase, sale and consumption of tobacco or smoking in public places in an attempt to promote healthier lifestyle.
The presence of high-profile individuals in the commission gives advocates hope that more heads of state will participate, not just health ministers.
The city’s newly launched initiative aims to reduce the number of smokers and help educate non-smokers on the risks associated with second-hand smoke.
Researchers report maintaining a healthy weight across the lifespan is important for keeping the heart healthy and minimizing damage as people age.
The Heart Foundation of Jamaica (HFJ) launched a new campaign focusing on the role of parents in preventing childhood obesity.
Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve, an initiative of Vital Strategies, was listed among 22 high level commission members in the fight against non-communicable diseases.
As the international community gears up to review global progress toward Sustainable Development Goal 11, the so-called “urban SDG,” getting cities right is increasingly seen by many development experts as essential to deliver on the entire 2030 Agenda.
Tom Frieden, the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, a global health initiative that focuses on preventing epidemics and cardiovascular health, says this year's flu season, while worse than expected, didn't completely catch us off guard.
The tactics of big food are, as the global health organization Vital Strategies points out in its report Fool Me Twice, strikingly similar to those of big tobacco over the years. But big food has the advantage that everyone needs to eat, while no one needs to smoke, and that a biscuit does not damage health as a cigarette does.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to cut back activities associated with the “global health security agenda,” a network of technical assistance efforts launched after the Ebola virus outbreak aimed at preparing countries around the world to better detect and respond to emerging pandemics.
A 2014 review of hypertension conducted by 'Resolve to Save Lives'— a five-year public health initiative of Vital Strategies funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, showed that about 33% urban and 25% rural Indians have high blood pressure.
The CDC informed personnel in the past two weeks that it was discontinuing its work in 39 out of 49 countries where its Center for Global Health helps prevent, detect and respond to dangerous infectious disease threats, such as Ebola and the Zika virus.
Four years after the United States pledged to help the world fight infectious-disease epidemics such as Ebola, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is dramatically downsizing its epidemic prevention activities in 39 out of 49 countries because money is running out, U.S. government officials said.
Brenda Fitzgerald, the Georgia doctor who Trump appointed to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has resigned amid allegations of conflicts of interest.
Taxes on sugar sweetened beverages have quickly become the most prominent strategy in the global push to reduce overweight and obesity, as well as linked non-communicable diseases (NCDs) that include diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
During the second week of January, more people sought care for flulike illnesses than at any comparable period in nearly a decade, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention weekly report shows.
In an interview with ETHealthworld, Tom Frieden, President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, talks about his initiative to save lives and prevent epidemic by catalyzing country action to find, stop and prevent new disease threats.
Tens of millions more Americans now have high blood pressure. Almost half of all Americans -- 46% -- are now considered to be in the high blood pressure category based on new guidelines.
Why does the flu seem to be so bad this year? And why doesn't the flu shot seem to be doing the trick? With Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC director and now President andCEO of Resolve to Save Lives.
José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies, spoke to the Financial Times about the role governments and industry must play in the fight against NCDs.
An op-ed by Dr. Tom Frieden, CEO and President of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative looks at the challenges facing public health, particularly preventing heart attacks, strokes, drug overdoses and epidemics.
The Resolve to Save Lives initiative has been named among the top global health moments of 2017 by Devex.
The Data for Health initiative from Bloomberg Philanthropies has entered a new phase in supporting developing countries to improve the collection and registration of vital statistics, including births and deaths.
The second Global NCD Aliiance Forum has concluded with acknowledgement of some of the key NCD organisations that have made progress.
Is this a re-run? That's what Vital Strategies is asking about various multi-national food, soda, and alcohol companies in its just released report entitled Fool Me Twice.
Resolve to Save Lives is a five-year, $225 million global health initiative that seeks to address major health issues on a global scale. Former director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Resolve's president and CEO, Dr. Tom Frieden, joins "CBS This Morning: Saturday" to discuss the two major areas the project focuses on: cardiovascular health and epidemic prevention.
Every year, 130 million babies are born, nearly one-quarter of whom will begin life without any official record of their existence. An even smaller percentage of annual deaths will have any meaningful record.
Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: A meeting of the world’s health ministers in Moscow could prove to be a pivotal moment on the road to ending tuberculosis (TB).
Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO of the Resolve to Save Lives initiative comments on America's new high blood pressure guidelines.
Cape Town joins the Partnership for Healthy Cities, an initiative that aims to reduce obesity by encouraging proper nutrition and healthy lifestyles.
The American Heart Association, the American College of Cardiology and nine other groups redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130 over 80, down from 140 over 90.
New guidelines published by the American Heart Association add 30 million Americans to the 'hypertension' bracket."
Hypertension has become the biggest risk factor for heart attacks and stroke and is often detected only after deadly complications have occurred.
The Health Ministry and Vital Strategy launched the 30-second long TV spot titled 'Bish Batas' to raise awareness about the impact of tobacco.
Public health leaders from around the world are starting to acknowledge that the scope of their work must extend to underlying factors that cause risky behaviors, such as smoking.
The partnership will focus on a public awareness and policy campaign to accelerate and implement the serving of healthier foods in schools.
Bengaluru looks to become a smokefree city, after join the Partnership for Healthy Cities.
Dr. Tom Frieden discusses the new Resolve to Save Lives initiative with the Financial Times.
Dr. Tom Frieden launches a global health initiative that focuses on cardiovascular health and epidemic preparedness - Resolve to Save Lives.
Dr. Tom Frieden leads Resolve, a $225 million initiative, that aims to tackle two global health issues: heart disease and epidemic preparedness.
Dr. Tom Frieden leads a $225 million global health initiative to fight heart disease and stroke and infectious disease epidemics.
Dr. Tom Friedan launches Resolve, a new global health initiative that will prevent heart attacks, strokes, and epidemics with the goal of saving 100 million lives.
Tom Frieden leads an initiative to reduce and prevent heart disease and stroke, and to increase worldwide preparedness for fighting epidemics.
Led by Dr. Tom Frieden, the Resolve initiative hopes to save millions with interventions such as epidemic preparedness, salt reduction and a trans fats ban.
Documents show how the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company pursued growth and profit amid instability in African and Middle East countries.
Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has paved the way for tobacco control campaigns and smoke free countries in Asia.
The US is pegged as an ‘exciting’ market, but this growth disproportionately affects the poor – including the industry’s growers and laborers
Top White House figures – including the vice-president and health secretary – have deep ties to an industry whose donations began pouring in on day one
Revealed: In pursuit of growth in Africa, British American Tobacco and others use intimidatory tactics to attempt to suppress health warnings and regulation
A casual observer could be forgiven for believing that the tobacco industry – for so long a fixture as permanent as its two main by-products, death and taxes – is itself on its last legs.
The World Health Organization says many governments have neither the funds nor enough expertise to take on big tobacco companies.
The tobacco industry in east Africa poses a threat to the efforts to curb smoking through regulation.
The Kenyan government has cracked down on cigarettes with a ban on advertising and smoking in public, driving the habit into the shadows.
Companies like British American Tobacco are using the same tactics they used in the global north to delay legislation in the global south
Bloomberg will launch a global health initiative, working with cities across the globe to implement interventions in non-communicable diseases and injury prevention.
An estimated two billion people, or roughly 40% of the world’s population, are invisible and have no formal proof of their existence, such as a birth certificate. The Data for Health initiative is helping change this.
Despite public confusion over whether Zika remains a public health threat, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to warn women who are pregnant to avoid traveling to wide swathes of Latin America and the Caribbean.
Digitisation of Mumbai Traffic Police's data on fatal accidents by the Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative for global road safety, has brought up key areas where interventions can be planned to save lives.
Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay, an anti-tobacco advocate, has spent decades campaigning against tobacco in Asia since 1984.
Bogor City Government held a social campaign to commemorate World No Tobacco Day and increase public awareness of the dangers of smoking for health.
India's ministry of health and family welfare launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India launched the world's first tobacco control mass media campaign to warn people about the risk of tuberculosis associated with smoking cigarettes.
An estimated 316 million people smoke in China, almost a quarter of the population, and concerns are growing about the long-term effects on public health and the economy.
Op-ed by José Luis Castro, President and CEO of Vital Strategies: The key to change at WHO will be a leader that can strategically improve the organization’s overall management.
Vital Strategies' Dr. Judith Mackay dismisses tobacco industry’s arguments that larger images of smoking’s dangers will drive illicit trade.
Op-ed by Tom Carroll, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: Speed has become the core factor of road traffic injury as one in three road traffic deaths occur because of speed.
By Enrico Aditjondro, Associate Director, Vital Strategies: Sustainable media campaigns are essential in the fight to reduce tobacco use and smoke related deaths.
Letter to the Editor: Shafiqul Islam, Bangladesh Country Advisor, Vital Strategies urges governments to implement tobacco taxes and regulations that deter citizens and particularly the youth from consuming tobacco.
Mumbai holds a three day workshop to provide the Mumbai traffic police with better skills in road safety and the enforcement of wearing a helmet.
Aggressive tobacco control campaigns are essential to shifting the smoking culture, which has been normalized by the tobacco industry.
By Dr. Neil Schluger, Senior Advisor, Vital Strategies: The public health community has been divided on the use of e-cigarettes, but the evidence shows there is reason for extreme caution about embracing e-cigarettes.
Verbal autopsies have provided a research method to determine the probable cause of death when no formal medical records of the deceased may exist.
The spending of health development surcharges in tobacco control can save millions in non-communicable disease prevention.
Vital Strategies held a tobacco control workshop, stressing the importance of effective tobacco control and reducing tobacco use in Bangladesh.
Vital Strategies calls for more awareness campaigns to help reduce tobacco use in Bangladesh.
For the first time, programs covering everything from infant mortality rates to traffic deaths can draw from a robust body of data.
Obesity imposes a heavy burden on South Africans, with obesity-related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes accounting for 43% of deaths in the country.
Letter to the Editor: Much of urban pollution stems from outside city limits and significant progress will only be achieved with policies that also require national, regional and even international commitment.
Vital Strategies congratulated health advocates, artists and the people of Kali Code village, Yogyakarta, on the unveiling of "Show Your True Colors,"
A study conducted by the World Health Organization and Vital Strategies, found that only 27 per cent films implemented anti-smoking messages, as required under the rule.
José Luis Castro, president and chief executive officer of Vital Strategies, responds to the expanded global gag rule that defunds organizations with family-planning activities.
In an effort to curb such preventable deaths, Fortaleza is launching a public safety campaign to encourage helmet use.