At the end of June, the Global Health Council NCD Roundtable sent a letter to President Obama, encouraging him to take a leadership role in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which cause two out of three deaths worldwide. Arogya World is proud to be one of the signatories to the letter, along with 92 other organizations, representing NGOs, academia and the private sector, all joining forces and asking the President to attend the UN high level meeting on NCDs in New York this September.
Over the last eight days those of us in the global health community have had much cause to believe, and we are also seeing big things happen.
On Friday June 17, Dr. Bill Foege, one of the luminaries in the global health world who is credited with doing more than anyone else to eradicate smallpox from the planet, spoke to Global Health Council conference attendees. Known for his remarkable insights into public health, successful coalitions and human nature, Dr. Foege did not disappoint. In fact, he was brilliant. He gave us the most remarkable message of the week – Sometimes you have to believe for things to be seen.
The Global Health Conference 2011, “Securing a Healthier Future for a Changing World,” which started yesterday in Washington D.C., deserves kudos for choosing to focus on non-communicable diseases (NCD), serving an important role in the lead-up to the UN Summit on NCDs on September 19 and 20, 2011. The first full day of the conference was rich with knowledge, insight, and highly engaging discussions on NCDs.
We at Arogya World join the list of the new icon’s fans and praise it for its simplicity and sheer elegance and sincerely believe it will go a long way to help people eat healthier meals. It is a remarkable improvement over the previous MyPyramid and clearly emphasizes the cornerstones of a healthy diet.
A few days ago, the Center for Strategic International Studies SmartGlobalHealth.org project released a new and short online video titled “Spotlighting the NCDs Problem,” explaining the incredible rise in the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory illness, and the importance of September’s UN Summit on NCDs.
As health leaders are discussing NCDs during the World Health Assembly this week in Geneva, we wanted to highlight an op-ed we wrote on building a social movement with a focus on mobilizing the power of women and youth to combat this crisis. It also highlights NCDs as a social justice issue. Building a Global Movement: Putting NCDs on the Radar was co-authored with Sandeep P. Kishore of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network and published last night on Huffington Post.
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