ECDA Statement on World No Tobacco Day

On World No Tobacco Day, the ECDA calls for sustained efforts to enhance a smoke-free environment. This is an essential prerequisite if we are to get serious about protecting Europe's citizens from chronic diseases caused by tobacco smoking and generate savings for our economies. Read the full ECDA statement here.

ECDA joins call for actions on health equity

Together with 28 other EU health organisations, the ECDA is calling on the European institutions and EU Member States to recognise the central role that health and health equity play in building strong and sustainable social market economies.

The Call for Actions on health equity is available here and a background paper here.

More information on the Joint Statement is available on the website of the coordinating organisation EuroHealthNet.


ECDA New secretariat

Starting on 1st January 2017, the secretariat of ECDA is managed by EKHA, the European Kidney Health Alliance, in Brussels, for a period of two years. The email address and contact details remains unchanged.

Regional meeting on chronic diseases: The European Response to Chronic Diseases - the Role of Civil Society

ECDA and the NCD Alliance will organise a regional meeting in Brussels to strengthen civil society engagement in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the WHO European region. The meeting titled ‘The European Response to Chronic Diseases - the Role of Civil Society’ will take place on 12 and 13 December 2016 and is co-sponsored by the World Health Organization. The meeting agenda is available here. Further information here.

AVMSD: improving food marketing to children

ECDA supports the joint statement published today by EPHA on improving the Audiovisual Marketing Services Directive (AVMSD). Click here to read the statement.

EU initiatives and Progress on Chronic Diseases - Open letter to Timmermans, Andriukaitis and Katainen

ECDA together with other ten health organisations sends an open letter to high level Commission officials in the follow up of the conference ''Towards better prevention and management of chronic diseases'' of 21 April. Click here to read the letter.

Plain packaging saves lives - Member States should step up their efforts to reduce tobacco use to prevent smoking-related chronic diseases

On World No Tobacco Day 2016, the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA) calls on EU Member States to introduce plain packaging following the bold examples of the UK, France and Ireland. Click here to view the ECDA statement.

ECDA actively contributes to the Global NCDA Forum in Sharjah

From 13 to 15 November 2015, more than 200 delegates attended the Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah (UAE). ECDA was delighted to be present at the Forum and to contribute by co-leading the workshop How to work effectively as an alliance and find common ground for increased impact, along with the Patient Health Alliance of Non-Governmental Organisations (South Africa) and the British Richmond Group of Charities (United Kingdom).

At the workshop Emilia Miloiu, Secretariat Manager of ECDA, spoke on behalf of the Alliance about

The Power and Effectiveness of Regional Coalitions – experiences from the European Chronic Diseases Alliance

Representing the convened national and regional NCD alliances, the Forum culminated in adoption of the "Sharjah Declaration on NCDs: Civil Society United Towards 2030". The Sharjah Declaration is a global expression of NCD civil society's commitment to engage in advocacy and accountability to advance the NCD response, and ECDA is proud to have played a pivotal role in its finalization.

The Forum was a successful example of knowledge sharing, networking and advocacy strengthening. Discussions at the Forum highlighted the opportunities for civil society alliances to play a crucial role in NCD advocacy and accountability. By working together and pooling leadership, technical expertise, resources and networks around a common agenda, NCD alliances are translating global commitments to national and regional action on NCDs.

WHO publishes NCDs Progress Monitor 2015

The World Health Organization’s new Noncommunicable Disease Progress Monitor tracks the extent to which 194 countries are implementing their commitments to develop national responses to the global burden of NCDs. The Monitor provides a snapshot of some of the achievements and challenges faced by both developed and developing countries as they strive to reach globally agreed targets to combat cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease. Click here to read the report.

EC Report concludes that EU action is needed to set legal limits on trans fats

The European Commission has adopted today a report on trans fats (TFA) in food and in the overall diet of Europeans. This issue is a worldwide concern as the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have notably adopted a decision last June to remove partially hydrogenated oils from foods within three years. The Commission's preliminary report suggests that setting a legal limit for industrial TFA content would be the most effective measure in terms of public health, consumer protection and compatibility with the single market.