NCD Child Connect.  Vol 2, Ed #6 (December 2013).


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The Lancet: Launch of Global Health 2035  

The Lancet has published Global Health 2035: A World Converging within a Generation (Global Health 2035), a major new report by the Commission on Investing in Health. 

In the report, NCDs are identified as one of the three priority health challenges for the next 20 years, posing challenges to human development and economic growth and the increasing significance of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and their risk factors in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Global Health 2035 urges governments to implement an essential package of low-cost interventions for NCDs in LMICs.

To read more, see here.


Youth Assembly at the UN |


This Winter, the YA@UN theme will be "Youth Employment and Social Entrepreneurship," and take place on 5 and 6 February 2014, at United Nations Headquarters in New York City. 

Youth Assembly Overview
  • Focus:  Youth employment for development and social entrepreneurship.
  • Program:   Winter YA 2014 – 2 Full Days at the United Nations Headquarters, NYC, USA; Resolution Project new Social Venture Awards through Competitions for University-level Delegates, more.
  • Platform:  Plenary sessions, Workshops, Round table Discussions, Networking, New Social Venture Competitions, MDG Related Skills Building and Campaign Introductions
  • Leadership:  Renowned speakers and expert workshop facilitators; U.N. Staff participation at sessions; Young leaders like yourself from around the world; Intergenerational Leadership Exchanges
You can read more about the The Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations Ambassadors on the Huffington Post website. 

Important! Please check out  other youth summits:


The 2014 NCD Child Conference aims to further develop a vibrant platform for interaction, knowledge exchange and networking. It will build on the achievements of our 2012 NCD Child Conference to ensure the needs of children, adolescents and youth are a priority focus within the context of NCD action and the post 2015 agenda. The 2014 event will provide an opportunity to establish and strengthen regional partnerships - with a special focus on the Caribbean - as well as highlight current promising practices from around the world. 


The Organising Committee is pleased to invite submissions of abstracts to be presented at the 2014 NCD Child Conference.

There will be two categories for submission

  • Abstracts for the Young Health Scholarships 2014 (for those 24 and under) Abstracts for publication within the Conference Program.
  • First time, as well as more experienced presenters are encouraged to apply. Share with others your research, case studies or new and innovative ways of practice.

All abstracts must be submitted online.
Please click here to access the abstract submission form and learn more.


In the Spring of 2013, Novo Nordisk and the Malaysian Ministry of Health signed a memorandum of understanding, making their partnership on the ‘Jom Mama’ diabetes prevention project official. The project was launched in November 2012 together with global partners, Steno Diabetes Center Denmark, University of Southampton UK and the University of Witwatersrand Johannesburg.

Over the next four years, the project aims to gather evidence that a pre-pregnancy health programme targeting young married couples can prevent diabetes, a disease that has increased 31.0% in Malaysia in just 5 years. Evidence from Developmental Health and Disease science shows that a woman’s health prior to and during pregnancy can influence her child’s risk of developing diabetes later in life.

To read the full details of this partnership, see here. 

About Changing Future Health
The Jom Mama programme is the first research project worldwide under Novo Nordisk’s Changing Future Health programme to prevent diabetes and other non-communicable diseases. The Changing Future Health programme is based on developmental origins of health and disease research and advocates for early interventions across the life course as an important means to prevent chronic disease.

See Mark Hanson explain the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

Read how young couples in Malaysia can help prevent the risk of NCDs in their future children


Reflections after the Young Leaders in Diabetes Training

Read the latest blog post by our intern Elizabeth Rowley. Elizabeth shares her experience of the Young Leaders in Diabetes training  at the World Diabetes Congress.

Elizabeth at the YLD training with Hakeem of the Nigerian Diabetes Online Community (far right) who is doing amazing things for people with diabetes in Nigeria. The president of the Ugandan Diabetes Association is pictured in the middle

The Young Leaders in Diabetes programme is the key driver in enhancing the lives of young people living with diabetes. The Young Leaders are committed to raising awareness of diabetes by being a powerful voice for prevention, education, access to quality care, improved quality of life, and the end of discrimination worldwide. The YLD programme supports the International Diabetes Federation in reaching its strategic plans.

Notable Quotes 

“Social equality is the only basis of human happiness.”  (A letter written on August 1, 1970)

Nelson Mandela

NCD Child wishes you and your loved ones a healthy and happy holiday season!


The Organising Committee is pleased to announce the availability of 4 x $500 travel scholarships to be awarded to abstract submissions from people aged under 24. These will be awarded to the four top abstracts submitted by young people and will preferentially be awarded one per submission category.

Those who are awarded a scholarship will have their conference registration fee waived and be given the opportunity to present their abstract at the meeting in person.  An award certificate will be issued to the scholarship winners. Learn more.

Those abstracts accepted but not allocated a scholarship will be printed in the Conference Program for dissemination to participants

Translational Global Health

Translational Global Health is an independent blog on the PLOS BLOGS Network, focusing on the field, concepts and challenges of Global Health. Dr Alessandro Demaio and his team of regular guest bloggers bring honest, pragmatic discussion – with a special interest in Non-Communicable Disease and Global Health 2.0.

With a team of regular contributors representing a wide spectrum of emerging Global Health leaders, lead-blogger Alessandro Demaio brings food for thought and discussion on a diverse range of Global Health topics including: epidemiology, health promotion & policy, social determinants, sustainability, urban design, culture, food policy and systems.

Read a recent blog by Shushmita Khan titled NCDs as a Barrier to Social and Economic Development in Asia.

Development cooperation in 2013: A year in review

By Rolf Rosenkranz on 19 December 2013

Take a look back at some of 2013's headline-grabbing development events and news makers.


Wheelchair Service Training Package - Intermediate Level now available

Following the release of the Wheelchair Service Training Package - Basic Level in July 2012, WHO has developed the Wheelchair Service Training Package - Intermediate Level, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

The second part of the WHO wheelchair service training package series focuses on addressing the needs of people who have severe difficulties in walking and moving around and poor postural control. Special attention is given to the provision of appropriate wheelchairs for children who have poor postural control and are unable to sit upright independently.

Read more on the WHO website.

WHO launches the MiNDbank

MiNDbank, a new WHO database went online this month, presenting a wealth of information about mental health, substance abuse, disability, human rights and the different policies, strategies, laws and service standards being implemented in different countries. It also contains key international documents and information. Launched on Human Rights Day, the platform is part of WHO’s QualityRights initiative, aiming to end human rights violations against people with mental health conditions. Read more here!
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