Knowledge

Industry Interference

Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm - Unhealthy commodity industries and COVID-19

Report

Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm: Unhealthy commodity industries and COVID-19, authored by the NCD Alliance and the SPECTRUM Consortium, is a preliminary exposé and analysis of tactics and strategies adopted by the unhealthy commodity industries during the COVID-19 pandemic to date. The report outlines four main strategies - pandemic-tailored marketing campaigns and stunts, corporate social responsibility programmes, shaping policy environments, and fostering partnerships with governments, international agencies and NGOs, illustrated with dozens of examples shared from around the world.

Published by: NCD Alliance

Countdown to 2030 WHO report on global trans fat elimination 2020

Report

In May 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) called for the global elimination of industrially produced TFA by 2023 and released the REPLACE action framework. The framework is a roadmap for countries to implement the prompt, complete and sustained elimination of industrially produced TFA from the food supply. In May 2019, WHO released six REPLACE modules, which provide practical, step-by-step implementation guidance to support governments. WHO recommends that countries adopt and implement one of two best-practice policy options for eliminating industrially produced TFA from the food supply.

Published by: World Health Organization

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2019

Report

The report "Offering help to quit tobacco use" tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 5 billion people – 65% of the world’s population – are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure, which has more than quadrupled since 2007 when only 1 billion people and 15% of the world’s population were covered.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Tobacco and Human Rights Resource Hub

Database

When people think of tobacco, they often think of it as a public health problem, but it is a human rights problem as well. The marketing and sale of tobacco violate the right to health and life of people all around the world.

ASH has been working to convince both the tobacco control community and the human rights community that it is time to address tobacco through a human rights based approach. The resources found in this database are designed to help advocates achieve that goal. This hub is meant as a living resource and will be frequently updated with new information.

Published by: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Are there any successful policies and programmes to fight overweight and obesity?

Report
This document summarizes the online discussion Are there any successful policies and programmes to fight overweight and obesity? which was held on FAO’s Global Forum on Food Security and Nutrition (FSN Forum). 

Published by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Prevalence of Obesity: A Public Health Problem Poorly Understood

Article

This review article discusses the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) in support of a total diet approach to achieving diet and health goals, especially as they relate to the obesity epidemic. However, some scientists and organizations have identified one food, food group, or nutrient as the cause of the obesity epidemic and recommend that simply reducing that food/food group/nutrient will solve the problem. This is simplistic and unlikely to be effective in long term management of the obesity problem.

Published by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

Noncommunicable Diseases and the 4 most common shared risk factors

Policy brief

This policy brief was adopted at the IFMSA General Assembly Meeting (March 2018) and highlights the most common shared risk factors for noncommunicable diseases. It also calls for government action on NCD control, management and prevention.

Published by: International Federation of Medical Students' Associations (IFMSA)

Global survey on Access to Medicines and Supplies for People with Diabetes

Report

This report highlights the findings of a 2016 global survey on the perspective of people with diabetes and health professionals on Access to Medicines and Supplies for People with Diabetes.

Published by: International Diabetes Federation (IDF)

The future of food and agriculture: Trends and challenges

Report

This report sheds some light on the nature of the challenges that agriculture and food systems are facing now and throughout the 21st century, and provides some insights as to what is at stake and what needs to be done.

Published by: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

The Role of Health Technology Assessment in Medicine Pricing and Reimbursement

Policy brief
This policy brief summarises the key points from the review on the role of health technology assessment (HTA) in medicine pricing and reimbursement with a focus on its use in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

Published by: Health Action International (HAI)

Tobacco: A Major Risk Factor for Non-Communicable Diseases

Fact sheet
This fact sheet describes tobacco use as the one risk factor common to the four main groups of NCDs — cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes.

Published by: NCD Alliance

NCD Alliance Briefing Paper - NCDs, Tobacco Control and the FCTC

Report
This briefing paper highlights the NCD Alliance call for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).

Published by: NCD Alliance

Effects of meeting MPOWER requirements on smoking rates and smoking-attributable deaths

Fact sheet
These country fact sheets present estimates of the effect of implementing MPOWER policies consistent with the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

Published by: WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

What ministries of labor and employment need to know: NCDs

Policy brief
This policy brief highlights the role of Ministries of labor and employment in recognizing that the right to health is a fundamental responsibility of the government. It also outlines the importance of governments' work with employers and other partners to tackle NCDs.

Published by: World Health Organization

What trade and industry authorties need to know: NCDs

Policy brief
This policy brief highlights the need for trade and industry authorities to recognize that the right to health is a fundamental responsibility of governments, and taking action towards coherence between trade and health policies is essential.

Published by: World Health Organization

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