Co-Creating Solutions to Prevent the Preventable and Treat the Treatable

By Dr. Heather White, Senior Technical Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, PSI What do cervical cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension have in common? They are three diseases that are largely preventable, easily screened/diagnosed, and highly treatable with known therapies. Solutions to lessen the impact of the three diseases require a comprehensive approach from all sectors,

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How to Create Comprehensive Care for Non-Communicable Diseases

by Deepti Mathur, Senior Specialist, Knowledge Management, PSI India & George Philip, Technical Advisor, Systems Strengthening, PSI India The government of Uttar Pradesh continues to be recognized throughout India as a leader in women’s health for its National Health Mission: Sampoorna (“comprehensive” in Hindi) clinics.  In addition to receiving honors for ‘Best Practice in Health

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Three Promising Practices for Management of NCDs in India

by Deepti Mathur, Senior Manager, Knowledge Management, PSI/India Dr. Ritu Rana, General Manager, Non Communicable Diseases, PSI/IndiaDr. Heather White, Technical Advisor for Non-Communicable Diseases, PSI Common non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like diabetes and hypertension, are silent killers that plague a large percentage of the workforce and reduce productivity globally, posing a threat to the development of

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Tanzania’s Next Epidemic? Obesity

By Kaleigh Rogers, Reporter, VICE In May, VICE reporter Kaleigh Rogers visited Tanzania to report on malaria, and stopped by the Ithna Asheri clinic in Arusha, where a PSI intervention helped train clinicians and lab techs in using malaria Rapid Diagnostic Tests (mRDTs) to properly diagnosis and treat fever cases. She also spoke with a

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Why Should World Leaders Care About NCDs?

By Nalini Saligram, Founder & CEO of Arogya World and Heather L. White, Technical Advisor, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), PSI – Co-Chairs of the Taskforce on Women and Non-Communicable Diseases As countries take stock of their capacity to fight NCDs, it is time to remind them to start with women. As women, we can all be

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World Health Day: Halt the Rise, Beat Diabetes

By Noha Zeitoun, Content Intern, PSI Today, April 7th, marks World Health Day, a day celebrating the establishment of the World Health Organization in 1948. This year’s theme issues a call for action on diabetes, with the WHO’s first Global Report on Diabetes highlighting the global need to focus on prevention and treatment of the

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4 Key Principles to Accelerate NCD Care and Treatment in Low-Resourced Communities

By Heather White, Noncommunicable Disease Technical Advisor, PSI PSI’s technical advisor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), Heather White co-authored a discussion paper published in the National Academy of Medicine that presented four innovative principles implementers should incorporate in NCD programming. Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), stroke, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases represent the

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Overcoming Hypertension in Africa

By Mark Mallon, Executive Vice President International, AstraZeneca In advance of World Hypertension Day on May 17, PSI and Jhpiego have teamed up to bring awareness to the tremendous cost of hypertension to low- and middle-income countries. Together with several other international and local NGOs, the organizations are working to implement Healthy Heart Africa, a

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Silent Killer Gaining Momentum in Africa

Partnership designed to address hypertension, cardiovascular disease head-on

Dr. Elijah Ogola, vice president for the East-Pan-African Society of Cardiology, describes how the innovative public-private partnership Healthy Heart Africa – which includes Population Services Kenya – is improving hypertension care in Kenya, for NextBillion. Right now, we have the opportunity to confront a silent killer that is gaining momentum across Africa. Hypertension, or raised blood pressure, has grown

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Pathways to Prevention: Choosing the Right Cervical Cancer Test

By Minal Bopaiah, Communications Manager, PSI Many women are familiar with the uncomfortable but necessary Pap smear – a common procedure that screens for cervical cancer. The Pap smear involves scraping cells from a woman’s cervix and then sending it to a lab for analysis. Because the procedure requires specialized medical training and complex diagnostic

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In First Year, Global Fight Against NCDs Gathers Momentum

The following post is by Sir George Alleyne and Nils Daulaire and originally appears on the Huffington Post.

Cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung diseases and diabetes — four of the biggest killers among the group together known as non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — have emerged as one of the greatest social and economic development challenges of this century. From a global health perspective, NCDs now account for more deaths every year than AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and all other causes combined — they result in roughly two out of three deaths worldwide.

On the first anniversary of the United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs where the world formally acknowledged the urgent need for action on these under-recognized diseases, it makes sense to assess how far we’ve come, as well as how much further we need to go. At that meeting, countries unanimously adopted a political declaration that committed them to reduce the toll of NCDs by strengthening national responses and increasing international collaboration.

It’s been a remarkable year. During the past 12 months, health workers, policymakers and activists rallied around the High-Level Meeting to build a robust civil society movement, which has continued to gather momentum.

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Diary From The Pan American Forum for Action on NCDs

By Pamela Faura, Country Representative, PSI/Mexico

I had the good fortune to attend the “Pan American Forum for Action on NCDs” May 7-9 in Brasilia, Brazil with over 250 representatives from the public, private, civil society and academia sectors of the 35 PAHO member countries of the Caribbean, Central America, Southern Cone and Andean region.

The goal of the forum was to offer a platform for a “whole of government and whole of society effort” to confront the NCD epidemic in the Americas and was a follow up to the Declaration of the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs held in September 2011.  Key speakers from PAHO highlighted that NCDs are now on the development agenda and not just on the health agenda — and that this was the second time in history that the United Nations addressed health as an issue, the first time being HIV. Speakers highlighted the alarming statistics in the region—250 million people were living with some chronic condition with a 70% mortality rate, that there were 145 million smokers and 139 million people overweight.

The good news, we heard, was that most of these conditions were preventable but would take all sectors working together to reduce the burden of disease and economic costs.  Multi-sector partnering was repeated many times during the event. Prior to the start of the joint forum the members of CARMEN, a government network started over 15 years ago by Canada, Chile and Cuba, met to update the regional NCD strategy and reinforce the need and commitment to be multi-sector, have innovative initiatives and to scale up. In addition to the public sector working group, the private sector and civil society/academia held half-day working sessions to identify what each sector can contribute to the forum, gaps that needed to be addressed and opportunities for action. Civil society felt that their role was one of “watch dog” (aka citizen monitoring), providing specialized expertise and improving access to health services and information.

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