World No Tobacco Day

On 31st May each year WHO celebrates World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce consumption. Tobacco use is the second cause of death globally (after hypertension) and is currently responsible for killing one in 10 adults worldwide.

According to the WHO, nearly 6 million people will die this year from tobacco use.

World Health Assembly adopts resolutions on NCDs and child injury

A report from the UN Daily News about resolutions adopted by the 64th World Health Assembly on non-communicable diseases and child injury.

UN HEALTH ASSEMBLY ADOPTS RESOLUTIONS ON CHILD INJURY AND NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

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.

16 countries pledge support for UN initiative to reduce maternal mortality

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.

Patients must set the agenda on non-communicable diseases

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

World Asthma Day 2011

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.

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