Call for action
This week is The global Week for Action on NCDs (Non-communicable diseases) and HPF is calling on individuals and communities to join the movement to #ActOnNCDs and help boost health and equity around the world. This year’s theme of ‘Accountability – a crucial force for political and programmatic change’ involves monitoring of commitments made by governments, and aims to put pressure on decision-makers to ensure that promises become actions. The global campaign, which runs from Sep 7 – 13 is also particularly significant this year as NCDs, which are the #1 cause of death and disability in the world, are also amplifying the impacts of Covid-19. As WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out at a COVID-19 press conference on the eve of the campaign, the pandemic has underscored the urgency of addressing NCDs and their risk factors. “COVID-19 has preyed on people with non-communicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and respiratory disease,” said Dr Tedros. HPF’s Dr Viliami Puloka who has a special interest in NCDs, says “accountability must begin with us, where we live, work and play 24/7 from womb to tomb”. “NCDs come about as a result of choices some of them made for us but many are ours to make. The Government must be prepared to provide supportive environments making healthy choices easy choices,” says Dr Puloka. No voice is insignificant and there are many ways you can get involved and be an agent for change such as retweeting a message, writing a letter to your Minister of Health or hosting an event. Click to read more about the campaign.