On the 7th September, 2020 began the global week for actions on NCDs (non-communicable diseases). The Global Week for Act on NCDs aims to unite the NCD movement each year under a specific theme, concentrating our joint efforts to reduce the NCD burden and increasing health and equality. This global campaign would last from 7th – 13th September 2020.
ABOUT NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES (NCDs)
Non-communicable diseases are the number 1 cause of death and disability in the world, and the burden is severe in low and middle-income countries. It has also caused 71% of all annual deaths globally. Also, every 7 out of 10 adults have at least one NCDs.
Risk factors of NCDs; Genetics, Gender, Age, Environmental factors, Health and dietary practices Lifestyle. Non-communicable diseases include; cardiovascular diseases, obesity, diabetes mellitus, and a host of others.
For further in-depth information on NCDs, visit the websites of the NCD Alliance or the World Health Organization.
IDEALS OF THE GLOBAL WEEK FOR ACTION ON NCDs
The Global Week for Action on NCDs campaign focuses on bridging the biggest gaps to progress on NCDs: Accountability, Investment, Leadership, Community Engagement and Care.
The Campaign theme for this year is Accountability: Pushing for progress. This aims to see those commitments made by the government and policymakers become a reality by focusing on accountability.
They should not be the only one held accountable because other stakeholders like academia, civil society, and private sector, all have a role to play in strengthening accountability for both their commitments and for actions of others.
ACT ON NCDs ACTIVITIES FOR THE WEEK
Some of the Act on NCDs activities include; social media hashtag campaigns, virtually contacting of government officials. Sharing views and voice in Global Consultation of people living with NCDs. Recording video messages and sharing it on all social media platform.
Cover image: WHO East Mediterranean Regional Office