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A report from the UN Daily News about resolutions adopted by the 64th World Health Assembly on non-communicable diseases and child injury.
Delegates at a United Nations health gathering today adopted resolutions on preventing child injury and preparing for the forthcoming General Assembly high-level conference on non-communicable diseases.
From today's UN Daily News.
SIXTEEN COUNTRIES PLEDGE SUPPORT FOR UN INITIATIVE TO REDUCE MATERNAL MORTALITY
Sixteen countries have announced concrete commitments aimed at drastically reducing current levels of maternal, newborn and child mortality, the United Nations reported today.
The International Alliance of Patient Organizations (IAPO) yesterday held a side meeting at the World Health Assembly in Geneva in regards to the role of patients in preventing and managing non-communicable diseases. The press release from this event is attached below. More updates from the World Health Assembly can be followed on twitter via #worldhealthassembly, #NCDs or #globalhealth -- or for updates of interest follow @whonews, @globalhealth, @whadvocacy or @NCDAlliance.
Patients must set the agenda on non-communicable diseases
The following summary of discussion from day 1 of the 64th World Health Assembly is from the World Health Organization's media centre.
The World Health Organization today released their 2011 report on World Health Statistics. The report highlights the increasing burden of chronic disease and the struggles faced by many countries as they are still working to reduce the impact of infectious diseases.
An article from today's Wall Street Journal highlights the results of a new CDC study, which reports a 12.3% increase in the prevalence of asthma in the United States from 2001-2009. Asthma, a chronic respiratory disease, affected 8.2% of all U.S. residents in 2009 (24.6 million), up from 7.3% in 2001.
May 3rd is World Asthma Day. The theme of this year’s event is ‘You Can Control Your Asthma’, and involves a number of activities with asthma and lung health organizations worldwide.
The Asthma Society of Canada announced that they have added allergy support to their asthma support line service. In addition, the ASC has partnered with Walmart to offer over 270 asthma clinics across the country today.
Health ministers from around the world met last week at the first Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-Communicable Diseases Control (April 28-29) in Moscow. The goals of this conference were to highlight the magnitude and socio-economic impact of NCDs: to review international experience in NCD prevention and control; and provide evidence on the pressing need to strengthen global and national initiatives to prevent NCDs.