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 firstname.lastname@example.org!
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