Thursday, August 25, 2011

Action: Tell the UN to Focus on Poverty-Related Diseases

From Partners In Health: "In September 2011 the United Nations will hold a High-Level Meeting (HLM) on the prevention and control of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Much of the attention leading up to the conference has been focused on preventing NCDs by addressing lifestyle factors including diet, tobacco use, etc.

At Partners In Health we are particularly concerned with NCDs which are highly prevalent among the world’s poorest billion but are more often caused by poverty-related factors including indoor cooking stoves, malnutrition, etc.

Please add your name to the statement below to highlight and request attention to these causes of NCDs. We will share the statement and total numbers of signatories with the official delegations attending the HLM from the countries where PIH works and request that they also focus on solutions to the poverty-related causes in the outcomes document and programs developing from the HLM."

Download the full statement here.