Healthy Societies is an initiative that brings together policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders from a range of sectors and assembles the best available evidence to advocate for a world where everyone enjoys better health and well-being through more sustainable means – protecting both people and planet.
On Thursday 11th March, the UK government announced dramatic and imminent cuts to UKRI financing.
The government must urgently reconsider this decision. An an open letter, calling for a reversal of these cuts, has been signed by over 3300 people and organisations working around the world on global health research. Signatories include 93 pre-eminent global organisations working in the global health sector and over 2300 individual researchers from more than 100 Universities and research institutes in the UK, joined by more than 700 members of the global health community from all regions of the world.
WE ANTICIPATE THIS PLATFORM WILL SERVE THREE AIMS
What, and who, influences what we eat? Far from being a free choice, we believe that our food habits are deeply influenced by the societies and everyday environments we exist within.
To answer this question, over 100 school children across seven countries have been filming these influences to help us better understand the everyday environments which, across much of the globe, are making it increasingly difficult for people to eat well and increasingly easy to eat badly.
Read more in the Guardian's coverage of our project: Coke, crisps, convenience: how ads created a global junk food generation.
Food and nutrition insecurity poses a serious global challenge, as do unhealthy diets that contribute to the burden of NCDs. Yet the global drivers of NCDs - including sugar, fat and trans fats - are hardly part of the International Human Rights agenda. Legal mechanisms can be put in place to regulate human rights standards through national policy. WHO can play a critical role in guiding governments in responding to this epidemic of “modern malnutrition.
Associate Vice Provost, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan