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#ActOnNCDs! Keep the Momentum. Go the Extra Mile!

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Global Week for Action on NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the #1 cause of death and disability in the world, accounting for 70% of all deaths and more than three out of four years lived with a disability – and many NCDs are preventable and premature. Driven largely by five modifiable risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and air pollution, NCDs are exacerbated by weak healthy systems, under-investment, and lack of accountability, and actions to reduce their impact on people’s lives require a whole of society approach. NCDs are a major cause (and consequence) of poverty, and the largest NCD burden occurs in low- and middle- income countries.

The Global Week for Action on NCDs aims to unite the NCD movement each year under a specific theme, concentrating our combined efforts with the aim of reducing the NCD burden globally and increasing health and equality. 7-13 September 2020 is the 3rd Global Week for Action on NCDs.

Campaign theme

Theme for 2020 is ACCOUNTABILITY. The Global Week for Action on NCDs aims to see those commitments and others become reality by focusing on ACCOUNTABILITY.

Theme aims to put some pressure on decision makers, to ensure that promises become actions. Monitoring also gathers information on what works and why, and what needs improving. This gives decision makers the information necessary to fulfil the health needs and rights of all people at risk of or living with NCDs.

Source of info: Official website of Global Week for Action on NCDs.

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