In an interview with The Global Journal at the Economist Conferences NCD Summit held in Geneva on 29 October 2012, Ama de-Graft Aikins discusses NCDs in emerging markets and the need for coordinated action. Ama de-Graft Aikins is Visiting Fellow at LSE Health and Associate Professor of Social Psychology at the University of Ghana.
Criminalization of drug use fuels the HIV/AIDS pandemic, according to the new report by the Global Commission on Drug policy released on Wednesday (27 June), an international panel that advocates science-based strategies to reduce the harm caused by drugs.
The Kingdom of Bhutan announced today (1 June) that every Tuesday would now be a “pedestrian’s day” in all city centers, banning motorists. The first of these days will coincide with World Environment Day next week (5 June).
Rwanda has launched a new vaccine campaign to prevent child mortality due to diarrhoea. The vaccine, which has been available since 2006 in the United States, today begins its roll-out in Rwanda, thanks to a donation from the Gavi Alliance.
Created in March in Lyon, the European Center for Nutrition and Health (CENS) was launched this month at the 19th European Congress on Obesity. The purpose of the new facility is to coordinate key players in the fields of food and nutrition.
In advance of World Tuberculosis (TB) Day on 24 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) today (21 March) warned the international community of the costs of neglecting to treat the disease early in children despite available remedies.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has announced today (15 March) that it is giving $220 million to non-profit biotechnology firm, Aeras, to fund research and testing of anti-tuberculosis vaccines. The Gates Foundation is already committed to the fight against the disease, but is aiming to achieve specific goals through the new grant. According to Trevor Mundel, President of the Gates Foundation’s Global Health Program, a successful vaccine “would be the single greatest advance in the global fight against tuberculosis”.
Italy - A Turin court has found Swiss millionaire, Stephan Schmidheiny, and Belgian Baron, Jean Louis de Cartier, guilty of environmental disaster and wilful non-compliance with safety regulations in the Eternit asbestos trial.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has invested $750 million in The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Bill Gates announced a $750 million promissory note, allowing the Global Fund to continue its lifesaving programs through 2016 and bringing the Foundation’s total investment in the fund to $ 1.4 billion.
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