Global health policy

10 min.

Freeing the World from Type 2 Diabetes

Q&A retrospective about Innovative Thinking for a Type 2 Diabetes-Free World
10 min.

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

Enabling national and local health systems in Kenya to manage chronic diseases for all patients. By Anne Stake & Eric Angula
15 min.

Using the Law to Combat NCDs

How can laws be a powerful tool to prevent NCDs and facilitate support for those affected by them? Reflection by Hayley Jones
13 min.

Taking action against diabetes in crisis settings

Diabetes and other NCDs are on the rise in regions where the number of people displaced by humanitarian crises is also increasing. By Andrea Chipman
12 min.

Zambia pushing through the barriers to better care

With diabetes on the rise in Zambia, scaling up preventative measures and access to care becomes an urgent matter. By Zarina Geloo
5 min.

The Sugar Crossroads: Timely diabetes intervention is key

Numbers of patients with type 2 diabetes is rising globally. The best way to curb this is to start intervention at the prediabetes or “impaired glucose” stage. By Aimee Andag Silva
5 mins

The importance of people-centred care in treating NCDs

Confronting the epidemic of NCDs requires an approach that is tailored to people, rather than diseases. By Dr. Mamsallah Faal Omisore, Tineke de Groot & Dr. Anna Fraser
8 min.

Obesity and mental health: Addressing stigma and misconceptions

Where does stigma and weight bias arise from? And how do we reframe perceptions of obesity? By Dr. Fatima Cody Stanford & Lesly Samara Vejar Renteria
8 mins

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

Addressing the mental health crisis through primary health care has been demonstrated to increase access to care in a cost-effective and accessible way. By Dr. Nanthalile Mugala and Dr. Muyiwa Tegbe
7 mins

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

Confronting the burden of type 2 diabetes with Indigenous populations. By Jeff Cyr
10 min

A global health convergence for approaching infectious and noncommunicable diseases

How can healthcare systems be prepared for a broad array of population requirements? By C. Norman Coleman, Eugenia Wendling & Donna O’Brien
8 min.

Kenya shines light on mental health crisis sweeping Africa

African policymakers are increasingly committed to combatting poor mental health, but many obstacles remain. By Verah Okeyo
9 min.

Integrated health care has to happen

The pandemic has shown that NCDs and infectious diseases are closely linked and health systems must be reformed accordingly. By Becky McCall
7 min.

Overcoming key barriers to quality diabetes care around the world

Despite innovations in diabetes treatment and management over the past 100 years, more collaboration is needed to overcome current obstacles. By James Anderson
7 min.

The thyroid, the organ below the radar

It's time to categorize thyroid disorders as a distinct group of non-communicable diseases. By Teofilo O.L. San Luis Jr.
7 min.

A goal without a plan is just a wish – the importance of national cancer control plans

Cancer is a challenging disease for all health systems, and the lack of a national cancer strategy can make it more difficult for them to be accountable and aware of best practices. A global health partnership is helping countries to fill this gap. By Zuzanna Tittenbrun and Sonali Johnson
10 min.

People power as the driver and disruptor for the NCD agenda

Should we give PLWNCDs a stronger voice and more direct input in managing their own conditions? By Kwanele Asante & Bruno Helman
8 min.

Build health systems where conventional services cannot reach

How can the “three Cs” of health delivery — community-led, connectivity and collaborations — help to build more flexible health systems for hard-to-reach populations? By Rich Bryson
10 min.

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

2021 represents the 100th anniversary of the discovery of insulin and the official launch of the new WHO Global Diabetes Compact. Still, many are unable to access or afford the necessary medication and supplies needed to self-manage their diabetes on a day-to-day basis. By Molly Guy
7 min.

Reflecting on women and NCDs in COVID-19 times

If we are to build a more equitable world, we must start reflecting on women and NCDs in COVID-19 times. By Nalini Saligram & Deepa Prahalad
11 min.

Pandemic builds potential for better global health

The novel coronavirus pandemic has exposed the fault lines in both global and national health infrastructures, highlighting inequalities and structural flaws. There has never been a timelier moment to focus on how to improve the resilience of health systems. By Andrea Chipman
16 min.

The hidden health crisis

A decade of initiatives to combat non-communicable diseases have failed to curb their growth. Policymakers need a more comprehensive approach that recognises the complexity of these health failures and takes lessons from successful infectious disease campaigns. By Ben Hirschler

NCDs in numbers

Key figures on the prevalence and funding of non-communicable diseases
10 min.

Contagion of a social kind

Non-communicable diseases and their risk factors seem to be common among certain groups of friends and families. Genetic reasons aside, the concepts of social contagion, shared spaces and a tendency for similar people to associate (known as homophily), might explain why these diseases appear to be more infectious than their name suggests. By Becky McCall