21. Sep 2018

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

Gwendolyn Carleton
The WDF talks to key stakeholders as part of the lead up to the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs.
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.
As part of the global preparations for this milestone meeting, the WDF has produced #LetsTalkNCDs, a film series exploring the High-Level Meeting and NCDs with key stakeholders from a variety of different sectors. 
The short films (between 1-2 minutes each) reached more than 100,000 people via WDF’s social media channels between June and September, and are now published on YouTube:
1. The WHO’s Téa Collins explores the roles of the #UNHLM3 and #SDG3.4 in securing a stronger global response to NCDs
2. CUAMM’s Andrea Atzori explains why we need to invest more in NCDs
3. Santé Diabète’s Stéphane Besançon talks about the challenges of access to care in developing countries
4. The University of Toronto’s Abdallah Daar talks about about academia’s important role in fighting NCDs
5. Women Deliver’s Masha Devoe discusses the need for a gender sensitive approach to address NCDs
6. UNRWA’s Akihiro Seita explores the need to recognize access to care as a human right 
7. The WHO’s Dina Tadros discusses the importance of engaging youth in the fight against NCDs
8. The Tanzania Diabetes Association’s Kaushik Ramaiya explains the importance of increasing NCD awareness in developing countries
9. WDF Chairman Anil Kapur talks about the need for stronger governmental commitment
The High-level Meeting on NCDs will review progress achieved in putting measures in place that protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. Learn more at the meeting website, and follow developments throughout the week on social media: #HLM3, #enoughNCDs, #beatNCDs