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New Year’s Resolution on Global Health Education

Global health is everybody’s business and much broader than healthcare. All health professionals, regardless of their location, speciality or role, are practising in an increasingly interdependent world. Therefore, our understanding of health and health care in a highly dynamic globalised world will require new ways of conceptualising and solving problems.

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Health as a Human Right

Why health is imperative as a foundation of Danish development assistance.

In early 2000s, WHO documented that an investment in health brings growth and development. At the same time, the Danish development policy turned its focus on economic growth. Investment in health as foundation for development was not recognized and the role of health in the Danish development cooperation started diminishing. The new Danish strategy of 2012 introduced a rights-based approach but the fundamental role of health is still not recognized. Health is a fundamental human right and a foundation for realization of other human rights.

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Diabetes – and the rest

On November 14 it’s World Diabetes Day. Why has Diabetes Mellitus got its own day?
By Ib Christian Bygbjerg, University of Copenhagen

Diabetes is just one among many other emerging health problems, which may be categorized as chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and even if more than three million people may die from Diabetes annually, it is ‘only’ a 1/10 of the total number dying from NCDs world-wide.

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World Diabetes Day

Shared concerns between partners involved?

This year’s motto of World Diabetes Day is: “Diabetes – Protect our future” with a special focus on children and young people. Earlier this year, the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) created a partnership with Nestlé, which many see as being bad for public health, IDF’s mission and its credibility. The food industry is an important part of the solution to reverse the global epidemic of overweight and obesity, diabetes and all related diseases. But is this partnership the way forward?

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The Maasai of East Africa

The Maasai of East Africa: an enigma of modern medicine?
By Dirk Lund Christensen, University of Copenhagen

As non-communicable diseases like heart disease and diabetes are spreading worldwide, we have learnt that we should limit the amount of animal fats, including dairy products, if we want to live a healthy life. Research shows that these maturated fatty acids are a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes. However, these diseases have not affected the Maasai people in East Africa, whose diet would be every Western hearth doctor’s nightmare. This unsolved mystery should be followed-up.

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Diabetes: a concern for maternal health

By Karoline Kragelund Nielsen, University of Copenhagen and Anil Kapur, World Diabetes Foundation

NCDs are the leading causes of death in women. Diabetes accounts for an estimated 2.1 million deaths in women per year. A recent report from the National Health Service in UK indicated that women in age group 15 to 34 with diabetes were nine times more likely to die than women without diabetes in the same age group. Diabetes also plays an increasing role in maternal health. We cannot ignore this growing health issue.

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