NEWS: WHO Released New ICD-11

WHO has released a new and updated version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The ICD is the foundation for identifying health trends and statistics worldwide, and contains around 55 000 unique codes for injuries, diseases and causes of death. It provides a common language that allows health professionals to share health information across the globe.
ICD-11, which has been over a decade in the making, provides significant improvements on previous versions…

NEWS: Bihar: Alcohol Control Boosts Development

Two new studies show that alcohol control in Bihar has resulted in positive economic and social development. After Bihar, …, introduced an alcohol ban analysis shows a reduction in criminal cases, increases in female empowerment, and increases in household spending on food and clothes, instead of harmful products like alcohol…

BLOG: First World Cup 2018 Games Reveal Fifa Hypocrisy

The 2018 Fifa World Cup is in full swing, again. It is the world’s biggest sporting event. Reaching over 3.2 billion television viewers, the quadrennial World Cup is the most watched live sporting event globally. And so, Fifa’s hypocrisy is on full display, again, too.
Two examples after the first weekend of match play clearly expose Fifa’s profit interest from alcohol sponsorship contradicting the core values the organization claims to embrace…

NEWS: Global Beer Giant Kirin Pays Myanmar Military

Amnesty International has called for an urgent investigation by Japanese authorities into payments that a subsidiary of the multinational brewing giant Kirin made to Myanmar’s military and authorities at the height of an ethnic cleansing campaign against the Rohingya population in the fall of 2017…

NEWS: Highlighting Alcohol As TB Risk Factor

IOGT International is participating at the United Nations in the Interactive Civil Society Hearing on the fight against tuberculosis to highlight alcohol as major risk factor for tuberculosis and promote alcohol policy best buy measures as part of the solutions to help end TB…

BLOG: The Promise Of Back-To-Back High-Level UN Meetings On Health Topics

The parallel processes of preparation for and follow-up on both high-level meetings could lead to an elevation of global health as a central issue for world leaders in years to come, if we use the opportunity wisely. Interventions to prevent and reduce alcohol harm provide an excellent lesson: What IOGT International’s three core strategies show is that there are very real and evidence-based ways to link the conversations, communities and commitments for ending TB as well as NCDs…

REPORT: Sugar, Tobacco, And Alcohol Taxes To Achieve The SDGs

More than a decade after the adoption of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, there is compelling evidence that raising tobacco prices substantially through taxation is the single most effective way to reduce tobacco use and save lives. Similarly, alcohol taxation is a cost-effective way to reduce alcohol consumption and harm.
STAX not only contribute to improving health and saving lives,but they can also raise resources…

NEWS: Sugar, Tobacco, Alcohol Taxes (STAX) Help Achieve SDGs

In a new Lancet Comment, IOGT International President Kristina Sperkova has joined colleagues from other leading institutions and global health leaders in calling for a more integrated approach and action on sugar, tobacco and alcohol taxes (STAX) to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals…

NEWS: Alcohol Policy Best Buys Top Investments For Health, Economy

“Saving lives, spending less: a strategic response to noncommunicable diseases” reveals, for the first time, the financing needs and returns on investment of the WHO cost-effective and feasible “Best Buy” policies to protect people from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the world’s leading causes of ill health and death. It shows that for every US$ 1 invested in the alcohol policy best buys, there will be a return to society of at least US$9 in increased employment, productivity and longer life…

BLOG: What Latest Global Fund Drama Reveals About Their Leadership

Five points that expose the massive mistakes the Global Fund leadership has made and continues to make as the partnership with alcohol industry giant Heineken is still not terminated…