Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) present a growing threat to the health of millions of people across the globe, and more broadly to development goals and economic growth.

Close to two-thirds of all global deaths are due to NCDs, primarily cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes.

According to the 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey, two thirds of the Malaysian population, have a least one of three non-communicable diseases (NCDs), namely diabetes, hypertension or hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels). More than a quarter have at least two NCDs and almost 10 percent have all three.

At the Galen Centre, we look at three: diabetes, cancer & hypertension.

Virtual Conference – Improving Access To Cancer Treatment And Care (15-16 October 2021)

The government has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to the implementation of improved cancer control and prevention strategies to reduce incidence, mortality and increase cancer survival.

Focus: Safeguarding Cancer Care For Budget 2022

Ignoring cancer care now may turn one public health crisis into many others.

Cancer Does Not Take A Pause

Last year, the Ministry of Health released the findings of the Malaysia National Cancer Registry Report 2012–2016. The findings were bleak.

We Need A Shot In The Arm For Cancer

We need to increase early detection, expand effective treatment, provide care, and improve survival.

We Are Living In A Crisis And It Isn’t Just Covid-19

We need local-level, granular data that is integrated with social and economic indicators.

Malaysia Is Going Through Multiple Long-Term Crises: Diabetes, Obesity, Malnutrition

The health component of the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan must have a solid commitment towards ensuring that health initiatives which address the NCD crisis are grounded in reality and are fully funded.

Extended MCO May See Increased Mortality Among Those With Cancer

With continued uncertainty surrounding the end of the partial lockdown which now into the second month, many patients are facing trouble with referrals and rescheduling of their treatments and surgeries.

Latest Findings From Cancer Registry Report Highlight Need For Urgent Action On Cancer

“The release of this report gives us an opportunity to take stock, review and evaluate the successes and failures from implementation of this plan. We should know what investments worked, those that didn’t and respond to gaps in resources.”

MPs can help change the cancer story

This World Cancer Day, it cannot be business as usual.

PeKa B40: Plan To Tackle NCDs Ambitious But Needs Wider Coverage & Funding

In order to secure the best possible outcome in responding to the threat of NCDs, the Ministry of Health should get the funds it needs to fully operationalise PeKa B40 as part of the National Strategic Plan For Non-Communicable Disease 2016-2025.

It’s Never Just About Cancer

We must stop blaming patients for defaulting their treatment or for not coming forward earlier for diagnosis.

Policy For Action 1/2018 – Innovate For health: Earmarking Sin Tax To Support Malaysia’s NCD Response

There has been no move to earmark the revenue collected for the purpose of health, specifically and directly funding non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, control and treatment.

Malaysia Should Earmark Sin Taxes For Health Programmes

We recommend, as a pilot programme, that the Government earmarks an initial 5 percent from the collected sin tax revenue to strengthen NCD health promotion and treatment, focusing initially on diabetes and cancer.

We Need To Be Impatient About Cancer

Patients must continue to be at the centre of policy-making which directly affects them.

Policy Paper: Cancer Policy Recommendations For Parliamentarians & Policy Makers

More than 80 percent of these recommendations came from patients and their caregivers.

Launch Of The Cancer Care Working Group And Cancer Policy Recommendations For Policy Makers

The Cancer Care Working Group aims to help influence public policies which improve outcomes, treatment and care of cancer in Malaysia.

“Are Women in Malaysia Getting Access to Cancer Care?”

In the 2016 edition of the Economist’s War on Cancer, Malaysia is estimated to record a 49% increase in breast cancer cases between 2012 to 2025. This is worrying as Malaysia recorded the lowest rate of five-year survivorship rate as well as the highest rate of mortality and incident rates in the region.

A Quiet Anger

Increasing existing treatment coverage and the quality of care available should not be described by mere words, rhetoric and grand announcements but by firm commitments from both the public and private sector.

Public Health #3: Surviving Cancer

The financial realities of living with cancer.

Policy Brief: Saving Lives and Surviving Cancer in Malaysia: Recommendations for Policymakers (No.1, January 2018)

Reforms in cancer care are needed.

Multiple policy reforms needed to close gap in cancer care

Cancer is the 4th most common cause of death in the country.

Galen Centre organises roundtable on surviving cancer in Malaysia

Malaysia as an upper middle income country has the opportunity and ability to improve its response to cancer.

We Are Living In A Crisis And It Isn’t Just Covid-19

We need local-level, granular data that is integrated with social and economic indicators.

Malaysia Is Going Through Multiple Long-Term Crises: Diabetes, Obesity, Malnutrition

The health component of the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan must have a solid commitment towards ensuring that health initiatives which address the NCD crisis are grounded in reality and are fully funded.

New SOCSO Criteria For Dialysis Risks Excluding The Most Vulnerable

With non-communicable diseases increasing significantly each year and cases of people with chronic kidney disease having more than one or more comorbidities such as diabetes, this is an ongoing funding problem that will not go away simply by excluding a group of people.

Roundtable Discussion: Diabetes in 2020 – Change or business as usual?

The Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Health and the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy organised a closed-door roundtable discussion with multi-sectoral stakeholders on 16 December 2019 to discuss diabetes in Malaysia.

When will diabetes finally be taken seriously?

Addressing diabetes prevention is not simply about ‘health’.

We need to change the way we look at nutrition

The government is already spending billions of ringgit on managing existing cases in the public healthcare system and the predominantly curative approach cannot be sustained.  

Sugar Tax Revenue Should Go Towards Expanding HiTS

Fighting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and obesity is a long game and requires vision, committed investments and political will to ensure that we are able to reap the results of a healthier people and nation.

Policy For Action 1/2018 – Innovate For health: Earmarking Sin Tax To Support Malaysia’s NCD Response

There has been no move to earmark the revenue collected for the purpose of health, specifically and directly funding non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, control and treatment.

Malaysia Should Earmark Sin Taxes For Health Programmes

We recommend, as a pilot programme, that the Government earmarks an initial 5 percent from the collected sin tax revenue to strengthen NCD health promotion and treatment, focusing initially on diabetes and cancer.

A Soda Tax Is Not Going To Solve The Obesity Problem

Earmarking this revenue would help address the shortfall in funding for prevention programmes.

Malaysians must choose, not forced to be healthy

Influencing what people buy by making healthy food options more affordable to increase their consumption has been shown to be the most effective policy.

Cancer

Virtual Conference – Improving Access To Cancer Treatment And Care (15-16 October 2021)

The government has repeatedly emphasised its commitment to the implementation of improved cancer control and prevention strategies to reduce incidence, mortality and increase cancer survival.

Focus: Safeguarding Cancer Care For Budget 2022

Ignoring cancer care now may turn one public health crisis into many others.

Cancer Does Not Take A Pause

Last year, the Ministry of Health released the findings of the Malaysia National Cancer Registry Report 2012–2016. The findings were bleak.

We Need A Shot In The Arm For Cancer

We need to increase early detection, expand effective treatment, provide care, and improve survival.

We Are Living In A Crisis And It Isn’t Just Covid-19

We need local-level, granular data that is integrated with social and economic indicators.

Malaysia Is Going Through Multiple Long-Term Crises: Diabetes, Obesity, Malnutrition

The health component of the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan must have a solid commitment towards ensuring that health initiatives which address the NCD crisis are grounded in reality and are fully funded.

Extended MCO May See Increased Mortality Among Those With Cancer

With continued uncertainty surrounding the end of the partial lockdown which now into the second month, many patients are facing trouble with referrals and rescheduling of their treatments and surgeries.

Latest Findings From Cancer Registry Report Highlight Need For Urgent Action On Cancer

“The release of this report gives us an opportunity to take stock, review and evaluate the successes and failures from implementation of this plan. We should know what investments worked, those that didn’t and respond to gaps in resources.”

MPs can help change the cancer story

This World Cancer Day, it cannot be business as usual.

PeKa B40: Plan To Tackle NCDs Ambitious But Needs Wider Coverage & Funding

In order to secure the best possible outcome in responding to the threat of NCDs, the Ministry of Health should get the funds it needs to fully operationalise PeKa B40 as part of the National Strategic Plan For Non-Communicable Disease 2016-2025.

It’s Never Just About Cancer

We must stop blaming patients for defaulting their treatment or for not coming forward earlier for diagnosis.

Policy For Action 1/2018 – Innovate For health: Earmarking Sin Tax To Support Malaysia’s NCD Response

There has been no move to earmark the revenue collected for the purpose of health, specifically and directly funding non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, control and treatment.

Malaysia Should Earmark Sin Taxes For Health Programmes

We recommend, as a pilot programme, that the Government earmarks an initial 5 percent from the collected sin tax revenue to strengthen NCD health promotion and treatment, focusing initially on diabetes and cancer.

We Need To Be Impatient About Cancer

Patients must continue to be at the centre of policy-making which directly affects them.

Policy Paper: Cancer Policy Recommendations For Parliamentarians & Policy Makers

More than 80 percent of these recommendations came from patients and their caregivers.

Launch Of The Cancer Care Working Group And Cancer Policy Recommendations For Policy Makers

The Cancer Care Working Group aims to help influence public policies which improve outcomes, treatment and care of cancer in Malaysia.

“Are Women in Malaysia Getting Access to Cancer Care?”

In the 2016 edition of the Economist’s War on Cancer, Malaysia is estimated to record a 49% increase in breast cancer cases between 2012 to 2025. This is worrying as Malaysia recorded the lowest rate of five-year survivorship rate as well as the highest rate of mortality and incident rates in the region.

A Quiet Anger

Increasing existing treatment coverage and the quality of care available should not be described by mere words, rhetoric and grand announcements but by firm commitments from both the public and private sector.

Public Health #3: Surviving Cancer

The financial realities of living with cancer.

Policy Brief: Saving Lives and Surviving Cancer in Malaysia: Recommendations for Policymakers (No.1, January 2018)

Reforms in cancer care are needed.

Multiple policy reforms needed to close gap in cancer care

Cancer is the 4th most common cause of death in the country.

Galen Centre organises roundtable on surviving cancer in Malaysia

Malaysia as an upper middle income country has the opportunity and ability to improve its response to cancer.

Diabetes

We Are Living In A Crisis And It Isn’t Just Covid-19

We need local-level, granular data that is integrated with social and economic indicators.

Malaysia Is Going Through Multiple Long-Term Crises: Diabetes, Obesity, Malnutrition

The health component of the upcoming 12th Malaysia Plan must have a solid commitment towards ensuring that health initiatives which address the NCD crisis are grounded in reality and are fully funded.

New SOCSO Criteria For Dialysis Risks Excluding The Most Vulnerable

With non-communicable diseases increasing significantly each year and cases of people with chronic kidney disease having more than one or more comorbidities such as diabetes, this is an ongoing funding problem that will not go away simply by excluding a group of people.

Roundtable Discussion: Diabetes in 2020 – Change or business as usual?

The Disease Control Division of the Ministry of Health and the Galen Centre for Health and Social Policy organised a closed-door roundtable discussion with multi-sectoral stakeholders on 16 December 2019 to discuss diabetes in Malaysia.

When will diabetes finally be taken seriously?

Addressing diabetes prevention is not simply about ‘health’.

We need to change the way we look at nutrition

The government is already spending billions of ringgit on managing existing cases in the public healthcare system and the predominantly curative approach cannot be sustained.  

Sugar Tax Revenue Should Go Towards Expanding HiTS

Fighting non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, cancer and obesity is a long game and requires vision, committed investments and political will to ensure that we are able to reap the results of a healthier people and nation.

Policy For Action 1/2018 – Innovate For health: Earmarking Sin Tax To Support Malaysia’s NCD Response

There has been no move to earmark the revenue collected for the purpose of health, specifically and directly funding non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, control and treatment.

Malaysia Should Earmark Sin Taxes For Health Programmes

We recommend, as a pilot programme, that the Government earmarks an initial 5 percent from the collected sin tax revenue to strengthen NCD health promotion and treatment, focusing initially on diabetes and cancer.

A Soda Tax Is Not Going To Solve The Obesity Problem

Earmarking this revenue would help address the shortfall in funding for prevention programmes.

Malaysians must choose, not forced to be healthy

Influencing what people buy by making healthy food options more affordable to increase their consumption has been shown to be the most effective policy.

Hypertension