Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Lancet ‘comment’ 8 October 2011

A recent commentary by Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, George Alleyne and Richard Horton.   NCDs Comment  

UN High-Level Summit September 2011 Gathering momentum to combat NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are a global health and developmental emergency worldwide. NCDs are the leading cause of death in the South-East Asia (SEA) Region, killing 7.9 million annually (55% of the total deaths in the Region). NCD deaths in Region are expected to increase by 21% over the next decade. NCDs have been silent killers and for too long not been highlighted in health and development agendas of countries. There is a gathering of momentum between organizations and national/regional alliances in the field of NCDs who are now joining forces around the world to lobby governments, provide education, treatment and patient support, and raise awareness of the growing NCD burden. In September 2011, the High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly, attended by the heads of states and governments of 192 Member countries, will be held in New York to generate global commitment and accelerate responses to NCDs. This High-level Meeting is a turning point in advocating for a high-level commitment and mobilizing a broad ‘whole of the society’ approach to the prevention and control of NCDs.  

Simon Power led NZ delegation

Justice Minister Simon Power led the New Zealand delegation to the opening week of the 66th United Nations General Assembly in New York next week. The PM’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman also attended The High-Level Segment, which is the biggest annual gathering of global leaders and ministers, ran from September 19 to 22. Beehive  

WHO Event

Noncommunicable diseases – or NCDs – like heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease account for over 63% of deaths in the world today. Every year, NCDs kill 9 million people under 60. The socio-economic impact is staggering. Global leaders will met at the United Nations in New York from 19-20 September 2011 to set a new international agenda on NCDs. WHO Events  

Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases

UN General Assembly, Sixty-sixth session, Agenda item 117 Annex Visit the official United Nations website for resolutions, key documents and other background. United Nations Read more at World health Organisation  

NZ Links with the International NCD Alliance

The International NCD Alliance – putting non-communicable disease on the global agenda is an international network which includes the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Diabetes New Zealand and Heart Foundation of New Zealand. NCD Alliance  

NCD Alliance Action Alerts on draft Outcomes Document

While the complex negotiations on the draft Outcomes Document of the UN Summit on NCDs are taking place, the NCD Alliance is issuing regular Action Alerts to its membership. Please cascade these to your members so that we continue to mobilise the wider NCD civil society movement for a stronger Outcomes Document. At the same time, please continue to engage with your Ministries of Health and Heads of State on the Outcomes Document. See the latest 100 Days of Action Alerts  

The Lancet publishes new paper for the UN Summit on NCDs

On 13 June the Lancet published a new paper – “UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: addressing four questions”. At several preparatory meetings for the UN Summit on Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) questions have been raised about the appropriate response to NCDs. The Lancet has published a new paper in an attempt to answer these questions and as a contribution to the UN meeting. The paper documents the extent of the global NCD crisis; outlines the threat it poses to human development; summarises the available and affordable cost-effective interventions; and stresses the need for sustained leadership and accountability. The paper has been endorsed by the NCD Alliance, and is essentially a follow-up to the Priority Actions paper published by the Lancet earlier this year: Priority actions for the NCD crisis will prevent millions of premature NCD events every year. This paper is written by Professors Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita (the PHA Champions of 2010) and others on priorities for the Summit. Priorities for the Summit  

Media and other links

Comprehensive round up of Summit media reports and links from Fight the Obesity Epidemic FOE website  

10 Facts on non-communicable disease

Non-communicable – or chronic – diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. The four main types of noncommunicable diseases are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes. 10 facts  

10 Desired outcomes

The NCD Alliance’s Ten Asks from the UN Summit on NCDs 10 desired outcomes This is your chance to tell world leaders to take action NOW on NCDs, end the suffering and forge a healthier future for our planet. If thousands of people unite around the same points, we will influence the outcomes document and ensure a successful UN Summit.