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Why talk about NCDs? Film series explores what’s at stake

Dr Kaushik Ramaiya explores the need to increase NCD awareness in developing countries – one of nine topics explored in WDF’s #LetsTalkNCDs film series.
On 27 September, the United Nations General Assembly is staging the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which will undertake a comprehensive review of progress achieved in protecting people from dying too young from NCDs.

After UNLEASH, efforts to defeat NCDs continue

Mamadou Sy (second from left) and Josianne Galea Baron (far right) with team members at the second UNLEASH Innovation Lab.
From May 30-June 6, 1,000 young leaders from more than 100 countries met in Singapore for the second UNLEASH Innovation Lab. Selected for their passion, intelligence, and creativity, they were tasked with finding innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable problems. 

WDF funds 24 new projects in first half of 2018

Members of A.MA.DIA, WDF’s partner in Madagascar, during a 2016 outing. A new A.MA.DIA project is among those that received funding in the first half of 2018.

Below is a list of the new partnership projects that received WDF funding in the first six months of 2018. (Several advocacy projects also received funding during this period; these are not listed.) 

New projects signed in first half of 2018



At UNLEASH, youth pitch new ways to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

An idea for safe, affordable fitness classes for Indian women was among UNLEASH 2018’s big winners.
More than 60% of adults in Egypt are overweight, and half of those qualify as obese. In Myanmar, the highest rate of death for those 15-29 is roadside accidents. In the Philippines, more than 7 million people are chronically infected with hepatitis B, resulting in an astonishingly high cancer rate. In many parts of India, young women lack opportunities and lack safe spaces for exercise.

WDF and IDF launch effort to improve diabetes care for displaced people

The campaign is supported by infographics explaining the link between diabetes, displaced people and the SDGs.
An unprecedented 66 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes - the highest levels of displacement on record, according to the UN High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR). An estimated four million of them have diabetes. 

Secrets of an award-winning diabetes programme

Dr Nilufar Ibragimova (right) consults with a project partner at the Regional Endocrinological Dispensary in Samarkand. Photo by Jesper Westley.
On a busy Monday morning, patients fill the tidy white-tiled halls of the Andijan Regional Endocrinological Dispensary, waiting for services. Clinicians in the diabetes eye and foot clinics are seeing patients, while down the hall, ’diabetes school’ is in session. In the gynaecological clinic, new standards for diagnosing gestational diabetes are taped to the desk, and anew GDM patient screening card recording the blood sugar levels of expectant mothers is quickly filling up.

In Cameroon, diabetes leaders explore progress and next steps

Alim Hayatou, Cameroon’s Secretary of State to the Ministry of Public Health in charge of Epidemics and Pandemics (centre, in gray), with conference delegates.
West and Central African government officials, civil society representatives and healthcare experts met in Cameroon recently to address a growing threat to the region: diabetes and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Caribbean forum supports regional fight against diabetes and other NCDs

Delegates to the Caribbean NCD Forum in Kingston on April 25.
On April 23 - 25, 2018 in Kingston, Jamaica, the Healthy Caribbean Coalition (HCC), supported by the World Diabetes Foundation and Sagicor Life, hosted the Caribbean NCD Forum: Supporting national and regional advocacy in the Caribbean in the lead up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.