Saturday, 21 April 2018

Special News--April 2018

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Special News--April 2018
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Special News--April 2018
Enough Campaign
Non-Communicable Diseases

"We've had enough. Have you?"

“Governments are sleepwalking into a sick future, while solutions to the NCD pandemic exist. Its time to translate commitments into action and progress."
Katie Dain, CEO, NCD Alliance
This Special News Update focuses on taking action to confront the growing pandemic of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Some of the main NCDs include cardio-vascular, respiratory, diabetes, and cancer diseases as well as mental health disorders. 

We feature the Enough Campaignofficially launched yesterday on 20 April. This international and widely endorsed Campaign calls for people's active involvement in combating NCDs (on our end we have been giving input on the inclusion and impact of mental heath in the NCDs). The Campaign especially calls on governments to fulfill their commitments and to ramp up their efforts to prevent and control NCDs. Watch the one minute overview video HERE.

Why are NCDs important? NCDs account for nearly 40 million premature deaths per year (the physical NCDs, not including mental heath). Some of the major influences-causes include physical inactivity, unhealthy diets (including high intake of trans-fats, sodium, and sugars),  obesity, tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol--not to mention poverty and inadequate health services, exploitative profiteering by the food, beverage, and tobacco industries, etc. 

For more ideas on staying updated on global issues/resources, see the list of  topics in the Global Integration Updates.

Taking Action to Prevent and Control NCDs
The Enough Campaign

“Death and illness caused by noncommunicable diseases bring suffering and heartache to millions of people worldwide every year – those who live with the diseases, as well as their families and friends. The greatest injustice: much of this NCD suffering and death is preventable, and we have long known the solutions. An obstacle to sustainable development, inaction in addressing the risk factors and health system weaknesses continues to drive up the prevalence of NCDs. This is unacceptable. We have had enough of waiting for meaningful action.” (Enough Campaign website)

We encourage you to learn more about NCDs, the NCD Alliance, and the Enough Campaign’s effort to positively impact the United Nations third High Level meeting on NCDs (27 September 2018 in New York).  Visit the Enough Campaign website and tap into the relevance of NCDs via the one minute Campaign video. Also be sure to visit the NCD Alliance website for more background information and resources.

Get informed. Get involved. Tell others.

More Resources for NCDs and the Enough Campaign
Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 (WHO, 2013)
Also see the “Best Buys” in Appendix 3.

Transforming Our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (UN, 2015)
See SDG 3.4—SDG 3 is the Health SDG, 3.4 focuses on NCDs and mental health.

The UN Secretary General’s Report on Progress for the NCDs (December 2017, en route to the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on NCDs on 27 Sept. 2018 in NY)
See the NCD Alliance’s analysis of this report (March 2018).

Also note these recently formed groups to provide input on preventing/controlling NCDs en route to the UN High level Meeting on NCDs in September 2018: the WHO Independent High Level Commission on NCDs and the WHO Civil Society Working Group on NCDs  

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Member Care Associates Inc. (MCA) is a non-profit organisation working internationally from Geneva and the USA. MCA's involvement in Global Integration focuses on the wellbeing and effectiveness of personnel and their organizations in the mission, humanitarian, and development sectors as well as global mental health, all with a view towards supporting sustainable development for all people and the planet. Our services include consultation, training, research, developing resources, and publications.
Global Integration is a framework for actively integrating our lives with global realities by connecting relationally and contributing relevantly on behalf of human wellbeing and the issues facing humanity, in light of our integrity and core values (e.g., ethical, humanitarian, human rights, faith-based).
Global Integration Updates and Special News
Special News--Monthly starting January 2018
The Essential Review--December 2017
Helping the Helpers--October 2017
Everyday Heroes--August 2017
Doomsday--June 2017
Living in Global Integrity--April 2017
Connecting Across Sectors--February 2017
Peace and Security--December 2016

Global Grids--October 2016
Confronting Global Issues--August 2016
Global Citizenship--June 2016
Global Strides--April 2016
Working Together Well--February 2016

Staying Current and Navigating the News--December 2015
Transforming Our World--October 2015
Faith-Based Partners in Transformation--August 2015
Current and Crucial Resources--June 2015
Understanding the Current Global Context--April 2015
Sustainable Development--February 2015
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