UN urges protection of children against marketing of unhealthy food

UN urges protection of children against marketing of unhealthy food

Television advertising is responsible for a large share of the marketing of unhealthy foods and, according to available evidence, advertisements influence children’s food preferences, purchase requests and consumption patterns, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The United Nations health agency today called for action to reduce the exposure of children to the marketing of food with high contents of fat, sugar or salt, which exposed them to the risk of noncommunicable diseases (NCD) caused by poor diet during their lives.

Pregnant with Possibility

Pregnant with Possibility

The news of a pregnancy should ideally be met with joy – but all too often there is justifiable fear. The African Union Summit this week, set to focus on the health of mothers and children, has a chance to transform this fear into hope.

When you invest in mothers, whole societies benefit, and when you care for children, you raise a new generation of leaders.

Why No one Talks about Non-communicable Diseases

Why No one Talks about Non-communicable Diseases

Infectious disease control was at the top of the agenda -during the sixty-third session of the World Health Assembly, which took place in May 2010 in Geneva. With much -attention given to progress towards achieving the health—related Millennium Development Goals, polio eradication, the implementation of the International Health Regulations, the regulation of counterfeit drugs, and influenza -preparedness, there was little time to discuss one of the largest killers: non-communicable or chronic diseases.

Making Pregnancy Safer in Least Developed Countries

Making Pregnancy Safer in Least Developed Countries

The challenges of making pregnancy safer require neither new technologies nor new knowledge of effective interventions. We know what needs to done to save the lives of mothers and newborn: family planning; skilled care during pregnancy, childbirth and immediately afterwards (the post-partum and post-natal periods); and timely access to life-saving emergency obstetric and newborn care. The challenges are how to deliver these services and scale up the coverage of interventions, particularly to vulnerable, hard-to-reach marginalized and excluded populations.

Primary Health Care: Now More Than Ever

Primary Health Care: Now More Than Ever

The emergence of HIV/AIDS, the associated resurgence of tuberculosis, and a deterioration of the malaria situation moved the focus of international public health away from broad-based programmes and towards the urgent management of high-mortality emergencies.

“If we miss the poor…..we miss the point.” -Margaret Chan

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