United Nations High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases

The IFRC actively participated in the United Nations High Level Meeting on NCDs during 19-20 September 2011, and organized a side event on “Community-based prevention of NCDs, the way forward”  with partnership with IFPMA on 19 September 2011.

Non-communicable diseases continue to have a heavy toll on people around the world, as 80 percent of deaths occur in the developing world. Late detection, ignorance, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, are all factors that contribute to the magnitude and scale of NCDs worldwide. To find ways to overcome these obstacles, engaging broader community involvement through dialogue and concrete action were the topic of the event at the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on NCDs.
The event was co-hosted by IFRC and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (IFPMA).

The objective of the event was to highlight Red Cross Red Crescent and IFPMA member expertise and experience in community level approaches to NCD prevention. The panelists—who represented leaders among Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, WHO, Private sector and academia—reinforced the call for integrated multi-sectorial and multi-partner NCD prevention initiatives.

Plenary statement by Dr Stefan Seebacher

High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases
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Opinion piece

Prevention is an urgent priority in tackling the global epidemic of Non-Communicable Diseases
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