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NEWSLETTER: 30 May 2023

World No Tobacco Day: WHO urges governments to grow food, not tobacco

The harm caused by tobacco extends far beyond what many of us think. In addition to causing over 8 million deaths from noncommunicable diseases, it’s a major driver of global hunger. This year’s World No Tobacco Day is urging governments to address this and stop subsidising tobacco farming.

The 'Grow Food, Not Tobacco' campaign encourages governments to end tobacco growing subsidies and use the savings to support farmers to switch to more sustainable crops that improve food security and nutrition. By choosing to grow food instead of tobacco, we prioritise health, preserve ecosystems, and increase food security. Find out more about the harm caused to people and planet by the tobacco growing industry. 


A call for stronger global action against health-harming industries

A large crowd at our 23 May event heard an update by WHO NCD Head Bente Mikkelsen on Appendix 3 of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs, aka the ‘best buys’ — a series of proven and cost-effective investments governments can use to fight NCD risk factors. Implementation of the best buys is a huge challenge due in large part to interference by health-harming industries and will require the meaningful engagement of people living with NCDs and technical support from WHO to national governments. Read full coverage of this event in Health Policy Watch.


Our approach to health and the economy requires a rethink, says the WHO

The three great crises of our time – health, inequality and the climate emergency – are profoundly interconnected, and beyond national borders. A new WHO report challenges decision-makers to value and measure the things that are truly important – human and planetary health flourishing – rather than pursuing economic growth and GDP maximisation regardless of the consequences.


Register for September's UN High-Level Meetings on health

Register now for the three High-Level Meetings on health topics in September! Join global leaders as they shape policies and actions to achieve the SDGs. Apply for special accreditation to attend each meeting. Don't miss the deadline: June 19, 2023. Visit the links below for more information and to submit your application.
Job - Geneva. Switzerland

GAHP Executive Director - Global Alliance on Health and Pollution

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Devastating financial impact of NCDs on households and a crippling lack of data

Literature review on out-of-pocket spending led by The George Institute for Global Health and NCD Alliance confirms devasting financial impact of NCDs on households in low- and middle-income countries alongside a crippling lack of data. 
In order to better understand the extent and effects of out-of-pocket spending on people living with NCDs, reliable data that is disaggregated by region, age, disease, socio-economic status, sex and gender, as well as other critical dimensions of inequality is urgently needed. The report is developed with the support of The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.


Global Week resources to Act on NCDs

The 2023 campaign calls for fair and effective solutions to support people and communities affected by NCDs.We are calling on governments and decision-makers to accelerate action on NCD prevention and care policies globally across the three UHC dimensions of financial, service, and population coverage and across the continuum of care, from prevention through to palliative services. Check out our campaign resources here.


NCDA elects new President, President-Elect and Board

At the NCDA virtual General Assembly, the President, President-Elect and Board of Directors were elected for the 2023-2025 term. It marked the end of Anne Lise Ryel’s term as NCDA President and welcomed to the position Dr Monika Arora, Executive Director of HRIDAY, and a public health scientist working oh health promotion and advocacy on NCDs for decades. Leslie Rae Ferat, Executive Director of the Global Alliance for Tobacco Control, was elected as NCDA’s President-Elect; and eight Board Directors were elected as well.

Job - New York, US

Senior Grants Manager - Vital Strategies

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