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    A New Network to Combat Noncommunicable Diseases

    Thursday, July 9th, 2009

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    New network to combat noncommunicable diseases
    Noncommunicable diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, cancers, diabetes, respiratory diseases and common injuries account for the vast majority of all global deaths, but because they are not yet included as priorities in the global development agenda, donors and international organizations have yet to pledge […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: CARICOM Agrees to Ban Smoking in Public Spaces

    Saturday, May 30th, 2009

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretariat:
    CARICOM HEALTH MINISTERS AGREE TO CURB SMOKING IN PUBLIC SPACES
    The Caucus of Ministers of Health have endorsed a recommendation for the banning of smoking on public spaces as a public good and regional goal, as the Region intensifies its efforts to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), under the Port of Spain […]

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    OMS: tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol son principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Saturday, February 28th, 2009

    Desde la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
    Tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol: principales amenazas para la salud humana

    Expertos enfatizan necesidad de una mejor coordinación para maximizar los alcances en salud

    La modificación de cuatro principales factores conductuales de riesgo -consumo de tabaco, dieta malsana, inactividad física y consumo nocivo de alcohol- podría prevenir […]

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    Loan to Improve Brazil’s Universal Health Care System / Empréstimo para Melhorar o Sistema Universal de Cuidados de Saúde

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Project to Prevent Over 10,000 Disease-Related Deaths

    Reduction of hospital admissions due to non-communicable conditions such as cardio-vascular disease, cancer and diabetes could help save up to five percent of GDP over 10 years

    The World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$235 million loan to Brazil for the Health Network Formation […]

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    Brazilian Health Care Efficient Compared to OECD

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Brazil’s investments in health care are efficient and bring a better return on investment than health care than in many of the 30 member states of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).  That’s one of the the main conclusions of a new study* released as a discussion paper by the government’s Institute for […]

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    Plan for Establishing Caribbean Public Health Agency Agreed

    Monday, October 13th, 2008

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
    CARICOM MINISTERS OF HEALTH AGREE ON A PLAN TO ESTABLISH CARPHA
    Ministers of Health of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have endorsed a plan of action for the transition of the Regional Health Institutions into the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) by 2010. The endorsement was made at the annual Caucus of the […]

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    Toward a Caribbean Public Health Agency

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

    Over the last three decades, the nations of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have developed a series of small health-related institutions for different tasks, spread out over different member states. In recent years some member governments have questioned the wisdom and cost-effectiveness of having such compartmentalization.
    And some have even dared to wonder aloud if […]

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    Argentina Lurches Toward an Obesity Law…

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    By all accounts, Argentina’s Senate will pass an “obesity law” this coming week. If President Cristina Fernandez signs it, Argentina will become the first Latin American or Caribbean (LAC) country to adopt a national law or regulation directly addressing the issue. [Some Brazilian states have laws on aspects of the issue, and several […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day 2008 in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas
    World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world’s 1.8 billion young […]

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    Strengthening Primary Health Care in Argentina / Fortalecer atención salud primaria en Argentina

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Temas Observation: I find two aspects of this loan particularly interesting: (1) the emphasis on integrating attention to chronic disease into the primary health care system, just as the recent World Bank report suggested; (2) the Bank support for integrating access to essential medicines and promotion of rational use of medicines into the primary health […]

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