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23 AUGUST 2022

Sign up now to our virtual event—Invest to Protect to prevent and treat NCDs

Our upcoming virtual dialogue will unpack the priorities set out in the NCDA financing brief Invest to Protect: NCD financing as the foundation for healthy societies and economies and reinforce the case for investment in NCD prevention, care, and proven interventions. This event will take place during the Global Week for Action, harnessing the momentum to call upon governments, organisations, and individuals to act on NCDs and leave no one behind.

Speakers include Bent Lautrup Nielsen, Head of the Global Development & Advocacy for the World Diabetes Foundation; Bente Mikkelsen, Director of WHO's NCD Department; Kelly Henning, Public Health Programme Lead at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Charles Dalton, Senior Health Specialist at the International Finance Corporation; Paul Fife, Director of the Department for Human Development at Norad; Rachel Nugent, Vice President of Global NCDs at RTI International; Vuyiseka Dubula Majola, of the Africa Centre for HIV/AIDS Management; and Katie Dain, CEO of the NCD Alliance.  

The event will be co-hosted by WHO, World Diabetes Foundation and the NCD Alliance. Join us on Thursday, 8 September 09.30 to 11.00 EDT/15.30 to 17.00 CET!

Impacts of healthcare providers focus of new NCD Diaries

The impacts that healthcare providers have had on the journeys of people living with NCDs is the focus of the new series of the NCD Diaries project. Diarists documented in written, visual or audio form their experiences, ranging from their initial diagnosis, through treatment, and including their evolution as advocates of people living with NCDs.


Start posting with the Global Week for Action social media toolkit

The Global Week for Action on NCDs starts on 5 September but there is no reason why you shouldn't start sharing your voice online today!
Our social media toolkit provides you with background on this year's theme — Invest to Protect — plus ready-made social posts, hashtags and other resources that you can use to amplify your voice and share immediately to #ActOnNCDs.
Available in English, French and Spanish.


African countries struggle as disease burden shifts to NCDs

African countries are struggling to adjust as the disease burden on the continent shifts from infectious diseases to NCDs and people with HIV get older and become more vulnerable to hypertension, diabetes, cancer and other NCDs. A good place to start is by expanding the HIV infrastructure built by years of solid investment in clinics, hospitals, data collection and drug supply chains to include treatment for key NCDs, advised Dr Zipporah Ali, chair of the NCD Alliance of Kenya.


Burdens and barriers to care: Sickle-cell disease

Join a conversation led by people living with NCDs focused on understanding the burden and barriers of accessing care delivery for sickle cell disease (SCD) in rural areas. This includes what is needed to improve SCD case management for communities affected by the disease. Sickle cell warriors, clinical experts and NCD advocates in various countries and regions will share their personal and clinical experiences. The event aims to gather advocates and clinical experts to understand the burden of SCD globally. Thursday 25 August, 2022 from 10:00 – 12:00 EDT/14:00 – 16:00 GMT/16:00 – 18:00 CAT & CEST/17:00 -19:00 EAT & AST/19:30 – 21:30 IST/19:45 – 21:45 NPT.


Invest to Protect—Get the facts in our new Global Week resource!

Our new Fact Sheet for the Global Week for Action gives a snapshot of NCD financing, possible ways to increase noncommunicable disease (NCD) investment, and key upcoming events. It’s designed for members of the NCD Alliance network and decision-makers as well as global health advocates interested in the topic. Available in English, French and Spanish.


Share your views now on the updated NCD 'best buys'

The World Health Organization has published the second draft of the updated NCD “best buys” and is accepting written comments on the second draft via email at by 28 August 2022.
There will also be a live informal consultation with non-States actors in official relations with WHO on 19 September 2022. A registration link will be made available early in September.


WHO spotlights grassroots interventions to beat NCDs

In 2021, WHO launched the NCD Lab, leveraging community-driven grassroots innovations with the potential to be game changers in beating noncommunicable diseases. Since then, nearly 100 projects have been submitted. One, The Bigger Picture campaign, encourages young people to use language, metaphor, and imagery to improve public health literacy and creatively expose the drivers of type 2 diabetes in marginalized and low-income communities in the US.


Lancet study on alcohol risk missed 1 million deaths

Media coverage of a brand new high-profile study supposedly showing light alcohol use brought better health, especially among older people, was swift and widespread, and often accompanied by sensational headlines.
But how did several hundred authors publishing a study in the pre-eminent medical journal The Lancet lose a million global alcohol deaths and nobody is raising concerns? In this guest blog post on the Movendi International website, Prof. Tim Stockwell shares his detailed analysis of the famous new study, uncovering flaws, shortcomings, and methodological problems that cast doubt about the foundations of the study and its conclusions.

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