CD-NCD linkages: the larger picture

Building on the AIDS response to tackle NCDs

Peter Lamptey and Rebecca Dirks
In September 2011, world leaders at the first-ever UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) unanimously approved a Political Declaration to stem a rising tide of NCDs, now the world’s leading killer. More

Polio eradication in the Commonwealth: windows of opportunity

David L. Heymann
India has recently celebrated its first 12-month period without polio, a major milestone towards a world without polio. By all indicators, including the search for polio virus in sewage in major metropolitan areas, the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh have succeeded in vaccinating high enough numbers of children to end the circulation of the virus. More

Mental health: a resilience factor against both NCDs and CDs

Gabriel Ivbijaro
In 2011 the United Nations General Assembly recognised the role of NCDs as the leading causes of disease burden and death worldwide and specifically mentioned the part played by cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), cancers, diabetes and chronic lung diseases. More