World No Tobacco Day 2019: How tobacco endangers the lung health of people worldwide

World No Tobacco Day 2019 will focus on the multiple ways that exposure to tobacco affects the health of people’s lungs worldwide. These include:

Lung cancer. Tobacco smoking is the primary cause for lung cancer, responsible for over two-thirds of lung cancer deaths globally. Second-hand smoke exposure at home or in the workplace also increases the risk of lung cancer. Quitting smoking can reduce the risk of lung cancer: after 10 years of quitting smoking, risk of lung cancer falls to about half that of a smoker. 

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4 February: World Cancer Day 2019

Nearly every family in the world is touched by cancer, which is now responsible for almost one in six deaths globally. On World Cancer Day (4 February) WHO highlights that cancer no longer needs to be a death sentence, as the capacity exists to reduce its burden and improve the survival and quality of life of people living with the disease.

“All countries can do more to prevent and treat cancer. We know the main causes. Acting upon them will avoid that many cases occur in the first place. By strengthening the health system response, we can also ensure earlier diagnosis and better access to affordable treatment by qualified personnel, thereby saving millions of lives.”

Dr Etienne Krug, WHO Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention
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Diabetes in Mauritius: World Diabetes Day 2018

Globally, an estimated 422 million adults were living with diabetes in 2014, compared to 108 million in 1980. The global prevalence of diabetes has nearly doubled since 1980, rising from 4.7% to 8.5% in the adult population. This reflects an increase in associated risk factors such as being overweight or obese. Over the past decade, diabetes prevalence has risen faster in low and middle-income countries than in high-income countries. Continue reading “Diabetes in Mauritius: World Diabetes Day 2018”

YUVA becomes Affiliate Member Organisation to EDYCS Advocacy Group

YUVA has the pleasure to announce that it has opted to become an affiliate member organisation to the EDYCS Advocacy Group, under the Alliance for Rights Africa Towards Disability Inclusion (ARADI) Mauritius. Continue reading “YUVA becomes Affiliate Member Organisation to EDYCS Advocacy Group”

Call for Applications: IP and Access to Medicines Course 2018

Having Pro-Health Intellectual Property laws ensures access to essential medicines.

Take ACTION and apply for the ARASA/SAPAM IP and Access to Medicines online course to find out more on how Intellectual Property laws affect access to affordable and safe medicines in Africa. Continue reading “Call for Applications: IP and Access to Medicines Course 2018”

YUVA and AIESEC Partner on Mental Health Project

YUVA and AIESEC Reduit (Mauritius) have signed a partnership agreement to outline the cooperation between the two organisations in regard to the social project Extricate Minds, which is aligned to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 3.

The social project is a practical working and learning experience for the Exchange Participant to become self-aware, solution driven, responsible for the world and to be able to empower others in a foreign cultural environment. Continue reading “YUVA and AIESEC Partner on Mental Health Project”