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Reflections on a World of Seven Billion

October 24, 2011 | Suzanne Petroni, PhD

A week from today, October 31, 2011, our planet will see its population hit the seven billion mark for the first time ever. How should we look at a world of seven billion people? A challenge, indeed, as ever more people means ever more mouths to feed; minds to educate; crops to grow; and bodies to protect, heal, employ, and house. At the same time, our world's growing population represent an opportunity; an opportunity to engage our mutual energies, technologies, and intellect in order to set our world on a track toward a healthy and sustainable future.

The Public Health Institute is pleased to launch today a series of blogs that reflect on a world of seven billion and that touch on just some of the tremendous challenges and opportunities that such an historic mark presents and provides.  more

Big Week for Non Communicable Diseases

April 25, 2011 | Jeff Meer

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) has organized two meetings in Moscow related to the rising tide of non communicable diseases (NCDs). The first, on April 27, will be a "Global Forum on NCDs," at which approximately 180 individuals from civil society, including the private sector and academia, from around the world will gather. Also at the meeting, the WHO will release its first-ever "Global Status Report on NCDs," which is expected to provide new information on the extent of the epidemics, and what nations can do to stop cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung diseases.  more

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