Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) and poverty perpetuate each other in a vicious cycle. NCDs such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death in low- and middle-income countries. NCD risk factors such as tobacco use and unhealthy diet worsen poverty, while poverty exacerbates the rising rates of NCDs—both of these pose a substantial threat to sustainable development.Read more
Think of a person with a chronic disease.
Let’s imagine this person in detail. The first symptoms made their appearance 5 years ago. Since then, this person has visited countless doctors in the search of understanding what was wrong. Looking back, it is evident that the disease has changed this person’s life in many profound different ways. It has forced her/him to give up some of their most enjoyable activities, such as practicing sports, travelling or even working. It is imposing on them substantial financial burdens, sometimes more than what their family can afford. And it is also affecting the lives and well-being of the people that care for them.Read more
NCDs and SDGs #10 and #12: Show Us the Money! How Greater Drug Pricing Transparency Could Fund Innovation and Improve Access to Medicines:
Can you afford to be healthy?
The health and well-being of all global citizens is supported by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. However, inequalities – both within and between countries – mean that some individuals are able to access the services and products that encourage health more than others, a fact recognized by SDG 10 (“Reduce inequality within and among countries”), as well as SDG 12 (“Ensure Sustainable Consumption and Production Patterns”). Rising prices have reduced low-income countries' and individuals of low socio-economic status' ability to access many necessary medicines. People living with chronic diseases, who often pay exorbitant prices over long periods of time, are particularly vulnerable to growing costs - but increased drug pricing transparency can help.Read more
The YP-CDN will be featuring a unique series highlighting how each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is tied to social justice and non-communicable (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes.
We want YOU to submit your ideas for writing a blog post on a particular SDG and how it is related to both NCDs and social justice. We are still looking for submissions on SDGs 4-9 and 12-17. Submit today at email@example.com!
Your article can also focus on any particular issue within any of the 17 SDGs (it need not focus on the whole SDG!). We want you to bring these crucial topics to light (whether it be a global perspective, or a local example).Read more
Too often in academia, we spend significant amounts of time reading about, discussing, and listening to lectures on the foremost challenges impacting our world today. And while this process is educational and informative, there remains one lingering question – So, what are we going to do about it?
More importantly – what can we, as individuals, do about it?
Let me tell you about my path to action.Read more
WHO Global Coordination Mechanism/Non-Communicable Diseases Global Dialogue. Mauritius, 19-21 October 2016.
A great hope and a clear plan to truly engaging everyone in the ongoing Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non Communicable Diseases for the period 2013-2020.
That could be in one sentence the first impressions emerging from this first consultation of its kind held from 19 to 21 October in Balaclava, Mauritius.Read more
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Despite their heavy and growing burden, however, NCDs remain under-appreciated issues in health agenda, attracting less than 2% of all global health funding.
In this article in the Journal of Global Health Perspectives, Dr. Luke Allen of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health explores why NCDs gain so little attention from the global health community and raises discussion about making progress toward bridging this financing-burden gap.
Dr. Fidele Rubagumya, founder and chair of the Rwanda Children's Cancer Relief, shares lessons he learned from the NextGen Leaders for NCDs East Africa workshop, hosted by the YP-CDN Rwanda Chapter.
With more and regular NextGen Leaders’ workshops and collective planning, there is no doubt that the broad diversity of patient and advocate voices for NCDs will become louder and that our actions, collectively across borders, will be felt for many more generations to come.
Read the full article on The New Times below:
The Young Professionals Chronic Diseases Network (YP-CDN) organized a Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Symposium to launch the NextGen Leaders for NCDs East Africa Workshop -- a training program in collaboration with RTI International and the University of Nairobi to prepare the next generation of NCD leaders in health policy and advocacy, on September 9th, 2016 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. The main thematic areas covered at the symposium included - NCDs landscape in East Africa, Concerns and priorities of youth across the East African Region, Solutions to improve availability and affordability of essential medicines for NCDs, and Financing for NCDs in East Africa.
“If we want to change the NCD landscape in Africa, we need to start with ourselves”. - Dr. Joseph Kibachio, Director of NCDs, Ministry of Health Kenya
“Financing for NCDs is a very important donor issue”. - Dr. Rachel Nugent, Vice President (NCDs), RTI International
“We need political will and commitment to fight NCDs”. - Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute For Legislative Affairs KenyaRead more