Sharing knowhow and joining forces towards Health for All

Control of priority diseases

"Communicable diseases - such as acute respiratory infections, diarrhoeal diseases, TB, malaria and AIDS - account for the greatest burden of disease in the poorest countries. As life expectancy increases, there is an epidemiological transition whereby major causes of death shift towards chronic, non-communicable diseases (principally cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, psychiatric illness, and diabetes); this is already impacting in developing countries. Cost-effective, evidence-based interventions to prevent and treat these conditions do exist, but the reality is that many are unable to benefit from them. Reasons include lack of access to medical facilities and services, non patient-friendly care, poor service delivery by inadequately trained health professionals, inability to pay for treatments, and lack of high quality drugs. The focus, therefore, should be on strengthening health systems to ensure universal access to high-quality health services, to provide appropriate training for health care workers - whether in the public or private sector - and adopting preventive strategies that address the attitudes and behaviours of individuals and communities." (Eldis)

MMI Secretariat

MMI joins the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD)

Basel, November 2014. In September 2011, Heads of State and Government adopted the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs ... »Read more | »Show all (4)

MM Spain

Smack the Mosquito!

What is the most dangerous animal in the world? Is it a lion? Or a snake? No. It is the anopholes mosquito which kills almost one million people every year. Stop Malaria Now ! member medicusmundi ... »Read more

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MM Switzerland

HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups – no one left behind

Berne, 7 May 2015. "We experienced an exciting conference on the issue of “HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups – no one left behind” . In a very impressive way, experts from Switzerland and other ... »Read more | »Show all (9)

MM Switzerland

No ‘business as usual’ against non-communicable diseases

Basel, 2 November 2017. This year's MMS Symposium will address the challenges of tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by looking at the determinants of NCDs, the organisation of health ... »Read more | »Show all (17)


ARV treatment: Reaching the unreachables

"By air, by road and even canoe we are trying to reach tens of thousands of people in DR Congo whose lives depend on antiretroviral (ARV) treatment. In this epic work to counter the HIV/Aids ... »Read more | »Show all (6)

MM Switzerland

Mental Health: A Forgotten Facet of Healthcare

"Globally close to 450 million people have mental health disorders; more than 75% of that number live in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization, 85% of patients in ... »Read more | »Show all (18)

MMI Secretariat

Thematic guide: Ebola voices (2014-16)

Could we dream that Ebola is a wakeup call for strengthening of WHO and global health governance - can something useful emerge from tragedy? (Tweet by Ilona Kickbusch, 9 August 2014) ... »Read more | »Show all (7)

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