One Year In: The Global Fight Against NCDs

One Year In: The Global Fight Against NCDs

On the occasion of the first anniversary of the 2011 UN High-level Meeting on NCDs, Arogya World and Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network teamed up to produce this series of op-eds from a variety of public health luminaries. The high-level meeting was a landmark event that has helped pushed NCDs to the top of development, economic, and political agendas around the world. It is up to us to build upon this momentum and create a brighter, healthier future.

We encourage you to read these articles and then share them widely among your personal and professional networks.

1. In First Year, Global Fight Against NCDs Gathers Momentum
September 12, 2012, Huffington Post
Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus of the Pan-American Health Organization
Dr. Nils Daulaire, Director of the Office of Global Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
NCDs are too big an issue for any one entity or government agency to tackle on its own. Multi-sectoral, collaborative and bold action is needed.

2. Why Non-Communicable Diseases Must Be Part of Any New Development Goals
September 11, 1012, The Guardian, Poverty Matters
Johanna Ralston, Chief Executive Officer of the World Heart Federation
Ann Keeling, Chief Executive Officer of the International Diabetes Federation
As the CEOs of the leading advocacy organisations fighting two of those NCDs, we believe the omission of NCDs from the millennium development goals has resulted in a double whammy to NCDs – no attention, no funding – despite the fact that NCDs are overwhelmingly a poverty issue and related to all eight MDGs.

3. Why Are We So Meek in Demanding Treatment for Non-Communicable Disease?
September 13, 2012, Huffington Post
Princess Dina Mired, Director General, King Hussein Cancer Foundation
There are millions of patients around the world suffering from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and respiratory illnesses. Most are in developing countries, and most ask that same question: “Will you treat me?”

4. Women Are a Powerful Solution to the NCD Crisis
September 17, 2012, Huffington Post
Jill Sheffield, President, Women Deliver
Nalini Saligram, Founder, Arogya World
Tackling NCDs with a woman-centered focus is a critical step towards reaching all development goals. When women survive, their families, communities and nations thrive.

5. Closing the NCD Divide: A Matter of Equity and Social Justice
September 19, 2012, Huffington Post
Felicia M. Knaul, Director, Harvard Global Equity Initiative,
Benn Grover, Health Communication Specialist, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention
Both young and old suffer from NCDs in developing countries. The farther down on the socioeconomic scale one goes, however, the higher the impact on younger populations.

6. Food is linked to NCDs.. and Producers Must Respond
September 19, 2012, ONE Blog
Rachel Nugent, Associate Professor in Global Health at the University of Washington
M. Ann Tutwiler, Deputy Director-General, Food and Agriculture Organization of the U.N.

Even very poor populations are showing high rates of high blood pressure, diabetes and other diet-related NCDs -– while still facing hunger and traditional food insecurity.

7. Learning from AIDS: Responding to Non-Communicable Diseases
September 20, 2012, Huffington Post
Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
NCDs are a time bomb. If left unaddressed, they will lead to more death, disability and the implosion of already overburdened health systems in developing countries at huge cost to individuals, families, businesses and society. Like AIDS, NCDs are a problem for rich and poor countries alike, but the poor suffer the most.

8. Private Sector Serious About Tackling NCDs Despite Concerns of Civil Society
September 22, 2012, Huffington Post
Dr. Derek Yach, Senior Vice President of Global Health & Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo
Public sector actions, led by the World Health Organization (WHO), include drafting objectives and targets, developing planning documents, hosting meetings and seminars to review NCD trends, and best buys. These actions will pay off in time. However, little of this activity has yet to be translated into substantive programs at the community level.