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YP-CDN chapters remember World Cancer Day, collaborate with local communities in cancer awareness campaigns
On Feb. 4th World Cancer Day, YP-CDN chapters around the world hosted various awareness events engaging their local communities. The activities ranged from street walks and conferences to small group discussions based on the "We can. I can." campaign -- a global campaign that reinforces positive and inspiring messaging about cancer awareness and how everyone can do something to reduce the global burden of the disease.
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YP-Baltimore testifies at the Maryland hearing to advocate for prescription drug transparency and affordability bills
YP-Baltimore chapter leader Hussain Lalani delivered a testimony at the Feb. 15 Senate Finance Committee in Annapolis, MD, where health advocates gathered to make a case before Maryland's government officials for a pair of bills to combat rising prescription drug prices. Hussain also testified in the following hearing in the House Health Government Operations committee on Thursday, Feb. 23.
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Global NCD News

Depression now the greatest cause of disability worldwide
 
February 23, 2017. New data by the World Health Organization show more than four percent of the global population are living with depression, which is today the leading cause of mental and physical disability worldwide. The theme of this year's World Health Day (April 7: celebrating the founding of WHO) is depression. In a build-up to the event, WHO is running a one-year campaign since October called "Depression: Let's Talk", aimed at reducing the stigma associated with depression and encouraging more people to seek help.
Discussions continue on the latest WHO cancer resolution with focus on IP rights

February 7, 2017. The latest draft of a WHO cancer resolution--aimed at providing recommendations for countries to develop national cancer prevention and action plans--shows major points remaining to be discussed are intellectual property-related. Is "IP rights" a hurdle in access to treatments or a harbinger of innovation? Discussions are expected to continue until the annual World Health Assembly in May.
Activists around the world march for access to breast cancer medicines, condemn Roche's exorbitant drug prices
 
February 7, 2017. In South Africa, women with cancer led a march outside of the headquarters of Swiss pharmaceutical giant Roche, demanding justice for Tobeka Daki, a South African cancer activist who ended her own battle against breast cancer last year. On the Global Day of Action, demonstrations continued across the world in Malaysia, UK, France, Zambia, Brazil and US. Over 100 organizations endorsed a letter calling Roche to drop the prices and its monopoly patents on trastuzumab and T-DM1, the company's effective but exorbitantly priced breast cancer medicines. 

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