Global health policy, Opinion

Freeing the World from Type 2 Diabetes

Despite significant advances and innovation in the care of diabetes in recent years, the number of cases continues to rise. There is a need for increased investment in locally adapted projects capable of expanding preventive treatment and other interventions capable of improving outcomes.

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Landmark discoveries with staggering impact

Amazing advances in medicines hold huge promise for a better world

Fake drugs and how to protect the vulnerable

We face a fundamental change of the cost structure on the supply side and a need for a fundamental change.

Jochen Kreusel

- Market innovation manager in the power grids division at ABB Power

They [the European Commission] are looking at this stuff backwards. I still think they are convinced the short-term market model could work even though they are also starting to realise that you need something parallel, with long term price signals that give investors confidence to invest in infrastructure and allow them to see a decent market return.

Francesco Venturini

- Global head of renewables for Italian utility Enel

Despite tremendous cost decline of wind and solar technologies, electricity prices will probably remain too low to attract the level of investment needed.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The greatest barrier to overcome is the integration of variable renewables into electricity systems. This will require developing power system flexibility and also a friendly deployment of variable renewables.

Fatih Birol

- Executive director of the International Energy Agency

The Journey to Create a Cross-Sector Partnership for NCDs in Kenya

It started with the aim of enabling national and local health systems in Kenya to manage chronic diseases for all patients. The partnership between Medtronic LABS and Kenya’s Ministry of Health has resulted in a tech-enabled, hyper-local care model that has reached over 40,000 patients and is expanding nationally.

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The Price of Prediabetes: A Growing Threat to Emerging Markets

The growing economic burden of diabetes globally, and its particular impact on emerging markets, has highlighted the importance of focusing on prediabetes, the stage at which type 2 diabetes is not fully established and elevated glucose levels can still be reversed.

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Using the Law to Combat NCDs

When implemented alongside other policies and public health initiatives, laws to reduce the risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) can create sustainable improvements to people’s health. As global progress on reducing the NCD burden continues to be impacted by COVID-19, we need to make use of proven tools that can influence people’s behaviours around products that undermine their health, while keeping the powerful industries that sell those products at bay. Effective use of law can play an important role in advancing better health for all.

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Taming the fires of social media misinformation

Social media is a perfect vehicle for health education but it is being diverted by fake and damaging content, disrupting preventative health measures and proper treatment. Evidence-based information delivered by trusted organisations and public figures, along with structural changes to social media platforms, are powerful potential antidotes.

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Small-scale health insurance for a more secure future

High out-of-pocket healthcare costs in African countries send many low-income people into significant debt. Microinsurance has the potential to complement national health insurance schemes and offer affordable healthcare, but several obstacles continue to challenge scale-up of the insurance model.

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Can blockchain unblock NCD funding solutions?

Though non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for seven out of 10 deaths worldwide and cost health systems billions of dollars every year, they attract only a tiny percentage of of total global health financing. Innovative funding strategies like blockchain could be the unexpected remedy to NCD financing shortages.

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Checking the box for better maternal and child health

Non-communicable disease (NCD) related pregnancy complications can have long-term effects on mothers, but one simple solution with the ability to be implemented globally could improve both maternal and child health—long after pregnancy.

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The tightening grip of climate change

At the critical juncture of human and planetary health.

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Special reports

Smart solutions for human and environmental health

Simple, scalable initiatives that enhance day-to-day living offer huge potential benefits for human health and that of the planet. FORESIGHT Global Health asked the founders and CEOs of three innovative startups how their solutions build healthier and more resilient populations and reduce the effects of climate change—and why education is key to their success.

At the heart of air pollution

Taking action against diabetes in crisis settings

Using the Law to Combat NCDs

The tightening grip of climate change

Ending Rheumatic Heart Disease is achievable if we put our hearts and minds to it

Building a GPS for doctors – the potential of learning elimination in health care

People power as the driver and disruptor for the NCD agenda

Addressing the unmet needs of people living with diabetes: 100 years after the discovery of insulin

Treating patient earth

Zambia pushing through the barriers to better care

The Sugar Crossroads: Timely diabetes intervention is key

Investing in chronic care: Sustainable financing models for type 1 diabetes

The importance of people-centred care in treating NCDs

Obesity and mental health: Addressing stigma and misconceptions

Response to mental health crisis needs to start with primary health care

Addressing diabetes through traditional Indigenous ways: listen, learn, act

The promise of digital health innovations for people living with diabetes

What our editors are reading

Excess Weight & COVID-19 by Public Health England


This report provides evidence-based insights on the relationship between excess weight and COVID-19. Evidence has been brought together from UK and international studies published during the pandemic. These have been identified using a pragmatic methodology; the report is not a systematic review. Findings have been contextualised with information on the prevalence, causes, and risks of excess weight. Information on food and drink purchases and physical activity during lockdown is also included.

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Bridging the Gap on NCDs by NCD Alliance


Since the first United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on NCDs in 2011, the NCD community has been able to point to many successes on the global stage: Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) are recognised as the world’s biggest killer and cause of disability, constituting a global health crisis that requires an urgent policy response. This was acknowledged by world leaders at three UN HLMs on NCDs, meriting a dedicated target in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.

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NCDs Progress Monitor 2020 by WHO


The 2020 Progress Monitor provides data on the 19 indicators detailed in the Technical Note for all of WHO’s 194 Member States. The indicators include setting time-bound targets to reduce NCD deaths; developing all-of-government policies to address NCDs; implementing key tobacco demand reduction measures, measures to reduce harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets and promote physical activity; and strengthening health systems through primary health care and universal health coverage.

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