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Call for the recognition of ageing, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias in the 2011 UN Summit on NCDs

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This joint position paper highlights that ageing and the associated risk of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias is a key factor for the 21st century’s social and economic sustainability and should therefore be an essential component of the UN’s NCD considerations. This paper outlines seven related considerations for the UN Summit on NCDs and highlights eight recommendations. This paper is useful to anyone interested in NCDs and ageing

Rethinking HIV/AIDS in South Africa : has response been overmedicalized?

April 2010

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This paper examines the potential impact of HIV and AIDS on different levels of South African society (individual, household, and national) over time. Using differences in demographic projections to guide the analysis, the prospective implications of HIV and AIDS on households, society, economy and nation are discussed and issues that could influence or mitigate those possible impacts are examined. The challenges that South Africa is likely face due to the effects of its AIDS-related excess mortality are outlined and the conclusion is drawn that programmes delivering a broader variety of services than are currently offered are needed

IDF diabetes atlas

UNWIN, Nigel
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This report presents evidence that diabetes is a global epidemic. It contains comprehensive information in the following sections: What is diabetes?; The Global Burden; Regional Overviews; Diabetes and Development; Linking Local to Global; Resources and Solutions; References; Additional Resources. This report is useful for health professionals, scientists, economists, policy-makers, and national and international agencies

The WHO global infobase


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"The WHO Global InfoBase is a data warehouse that collects, stores and displays information on chronic diseases and their risk factors for all WHO member states...The Infobase assembles, for the first time in one place, non-communicable disease (NCD) risk factor data collected from WHO Member States. NCD risk factor data are crucial for predicting the future burden of chronic diseases in populations and also for identifying potential interventions to reduce the future burden. The Infobase online dissemination tool provides not only data but also health information to help users understand health enquiries worldwide and improve the health of nations." NCD indicators, mortalities and country profiles are provided, displaying the information with user-friendly tools including graphs, maps and data tables. This database is useful to anyone interested in NCD related statistics and data



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This section of IDF’s website contains key diabetes statistics from the seven regions of the world in 2010. The diabetes statistics include the prevalence estimates, death attributes and health expenditure. This data is useful for anyone interested in regional diabetes statistics

Global health observatory (GHO) : non-communicable diseases (NCD)


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This area of the global health observatory (GHO) provides access to WHO's global non-communicable disease (NCD) statistics. It presents general NCD information, mortality and morbidity statistics, risk factors, and the health system’s response and capacity to address and respond to NCDs. Links are also provided to related NCD data products. This database is useful to anyone interested in NCD related statistics and data


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