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We help shape global and local policy, develop leaders, and catalyze change to improve access to essential treatment for and prevention of chronic diseases among the world's poorest.

From boardrooms to city streets, we combine diverse technical expertise and grassroots advocacy inspired by the AIDS movement.

 

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Hearts to Hearts

“I think... if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo TolstoyAnna Karenina

A start of clinical years in Medical school presents with mixed feelings. There is the excitement that comes from finally tying book-knowledge with the patient’s symptomatic presentation which is the cutting edge that gradually defines your carrier, then there is the reality of the thin margin that exists between life and death. The magnitude of the latter drove health sciences students that are  members of the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network to undertake the initiative of advocating against Rheumatic Heart Disease, a disease that can be easily prevented but is a killer disease in the most developing countries  yet one that be easily prevented.

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Hearts to Hearts
Hearts to Hearts

Climate Change and Health: The Triple Burden for Sub-Saharan African Countries and SDG #13

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It is now recognized that climate change, once a distant concept, has become a scathing reality in many countries around the world.

While the most visible manifestations of climate change remain noisy and / or tangible manifestations like unusual torrential rains resulting in floods and landslides, high or low temperatures, and droughts, some indirect manifestations remain insidious, slow and equally worrying.   Among these manifestations is the effects on human and animal health.

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Climate Change and Health: The Triple Burden for Sub-Saharan African Countries and SDG #13
Climate Change and Health: The Triple Burden for Sub-Saharan African Countries and SDG #13

Have your say in WHO discussions on NCDs!

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The next year is critical for global NCD policy and action. The United Nations General Assembly will convene a comprehensive review on NCD progress in 2018.

As emerging and future leaders in health, your passion, ideas and actions to improve the prevention and control of NCDs— today — will result in change, tomorrow. This is why you won’t want to miss out on participating in the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs (GCM/NCD) online Community of Practice on NCDs and the Next Generation.

 

The WHO GCM/NCD is launching its online Communities of Practice in support of realizing the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020, as well as the NCD and NCD-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

NCDs and the Next Generation is the first Community of Practice to be launched and will bring young changemakers from YP-CDN and other platforms together to generate collaborative discussion and action toward 2018. It will consist of a series of virtual discussions over the course of this year.

 

 

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Have your say in WHO discussions on NCDs!
Have your say in WHO discussions on NCDs!

NCDs and SDG #2: Nourishing NCD Solutions Through Addressing Food Security

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We cannot overcome the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) without first addressing food security – and we cannot address food insecurity without first correctly defining it. This is also underscored in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG # 2, which addresses food security, hunger, and nutrition. ‘Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical, social, and economic access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life’ (FAO). Yes, people can be food insecure both in the presence and absence of hunger. An important point to consider when discussing NCDs.

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NCDs and SDG #2: Nourishing NCD Solutions Through Addressing Food Security
NCDs and SDG #2: Nourishing NCD Solutions Through Addressing Food Security

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