Posted by Guest Blogger on September 25, 2012
Our Guest Blogger for this post is Katie Boyle, a Master of Social Work student interning with MAX for the fall and winter. Katie is dedicated to advocacy, so stay tuned for her periodic updates on the topic.
Since the UN Summit, many steps have been taken to establish a global framework to address the non-communicable idseases (NCDs).
A key milestone is that in May, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted the “25 by 25” goal. This goal aims to reduce premature mortality caused by NCDs by the year 2025. To meet the “25 by 25” goal, the WHO is working to establish eleven targets for member countries to work towards, and on which they would report progress on a regular basis. Such targets draw attention to factors that contribute to a nation’s health, like reducing physical inactivity and reducing salt and fat intake, while increasing access to medicines and technologies to treat chronic diseases. Specific targets are currently in discussion among member states and should be set this year and that is where your voice can be heard!
To raise awareness on NCDs such as cancer, and the progress made in fighting the global NCD epidemic, consider giving your local group an update on the “25 by 25” goal at your next patient meeting. After reviewing the NDC Alliance briefing,you can provide recommendations via email for the NDC Alliance to consider in their communications with the WHO.
To learn more about NCDs, visit the NCD Alliance website. For more ideas as to how you or your group can get involved in driving NCDs on the global agenda, visit: http://www.ncdalliance.org/get-involved.
Together we can help reach the '25 by 25' goal!