Women: Demand a Healthy Future, Free of Chronic Disease
We took your signatures to the UN Summit on NCDs on September 19, 2011. See the press release. The petition is still open, so please sign and join us in raising our voices to build a healthy future.
Two out of three deaths in the world today are a result of non-communicable diseases like heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are one of the 21st century’s greatest health and development challenges. Collectively, these chronic diseases cause two out of three deaths today and by 2030 will cause five times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria COMBINED. Yet, NCDs are largely preventable — 80% of heart disease and diabetes and 40% of cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and through increased physical activity and healthy eating.
Join the network of women who are dedicated to reducing the vulnerability of women and children to NCDs, and tell world leaders that we demand a healthy future for women and children.
We encourage women to sign as we work to build a network of more than 10,000 women worldwide in support of this issue.
More about the campaign:
Take Action Now
On 19th and 20th September, 2011, world leaders gathered at the UN for a historic summit on NCDs. The stakes were high: their decisions will impact the lives of millions. Now we have joined together in a global campaign — Women for a Healthy Future — to demand solutions. This petition is our first step.
Sign the petition. Tell your friends.
Join us in urging world leaders to reduce the vulnerability of women and children to NCDs.
If we gather 10,000 women’s signatures, we will take your voices to the media, to world leaders from government and business. We need your support to show the world how deeply we care, and to ignite action against NCDs.
Started by: Arogya World, Global Health Council, NCD Child, Women Deliver, NCD Action, Public Health Institute, The Max Foundation, Disruptive Women in Health Care, Hriday, NCD Alliance, World YWCA, Beyond Sport
More about NCDs:
NCDs: A Social Justice Issue
80% of deaths from NCDs occur in developing countries, where people have lower access to medicines, health care, and healthy lifestyles. NCDs can push families into poverty, and poverty in turn worsens NCDs. The opportunity to survive should not be defined by income and geography. Yet it is.
NCDs: A Threat to our Children’s Future
Our children are growing up sicker than previous generations. Low birth weight can predispose babies to getting diabetes and heart disease later in life. And marketing of fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco to children and adolescents has led to the rising prevalence of NCDs. Children have a right to health and a life free of disease.
NCDs: The Leading Cause of Death for Women
NCDs kill 18 million women each year. We know that women suffer greatly from breast and cervical cancer, and are learning that heart disease is their #1 killer. Girls and women are at a disadvantage for getting NCDs: 60% of the world’s poor are women, and many are malnourished and uneducated. In developing countries, women often cook over open fires and get chronic lung diseases. Disease and death due to everyday cooking? Surely that is an outrage.
- Government and business leaders around the world.
NCDs, non-communicable diseases, are one of this century’s greatest health and development challenges. These diseases are the leading cause of death for women and threaten our children’s future. Yet NCDs are largely preventable: stopping tobacco, increasing physical activity and eating a healthy diet can prevent 80% of heart disease and diabetes and 40% of cancer. As gatekeepers of the food our families eat and the physical activities we engage in, we believe that women are a powerful part of the solution to the NCD crisis and deserve an important seat at the table.
We think that great strides can be made in the fight against NCDs if world leaders focus on women and children. This September, as you gather at the United Nations to discuss the global impact of the NCD crisis, we, women from around the world, ask you to:
Reduce the vulnerability of women and children to NCDs.
We call on you to –
- About healthy pregnancies, safe childbirth, and the dangers of low birth weight. This will both save lives today, and help to prevent NCDs in future generations.
- That checkups, screenings and early diagnosis are key to saving lives.
Help women live healthy lives
- Address inequities in healthcare access, treatment and care. Survival should not be an accident of income and geography.
- Make real investments to understand and address critical gender-specific differences in morbidity and mortality from diseases including NCDs.
- Increase access to clean cookstoves the world over.
Help us to make the next generation healthier. Our children have a right to health and a promising future.
- We ask for your commitment to reduce the marketing of calorie-dense foods high in salt, fat or sugar, ie “junk” foods, and tobacco and alcohol to children and adolescents.
- Tax tobacco products. Ban the sale of sugary soft drinks in schools. Take big steps to reduce salt intake, in consultation with multiple stakeholders, with legislation if needed.
- Promote and enable participation in sports and fitness activities among children and adolescents, especially girls.
The cost of inaction is far higher than the cost of action. Sweeping changes to policy and the way we do business are needed NOW to ensure healthy futures for women and children. Together, we can, and must, change the course of chronic disease, one community at a time.
This is our responsibility. The status quo is not OK. The future of our children — and that of the children of the future — is at stake.
Women for a Healthy Future
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