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.


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.


Particulates Matter: Why the EU must do more to tackle air pollution

In anticipation of the imminent vote on the National Emission Ceilings Directive,  ECDA has issued a position paper which provides important information on the link between air pollution and ill health. Click here to read the paper.


Clean air petition targets European Commissioners on World Heart Day

Europe's top heart doctors, patient representatives, policy makers and the public have petitioned European Commissioners for Health, Environment, Climate Change and Transport in Brussels to tackle air and noise pollution. The petition was presented today in a meeting called by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR), the European Heart Network (EHN) and the MEP Heart Group on the occasion of World Heart Day, which this year focuses on creating heart healthy environments.

The petition, which obtained 2 500 signatures in a very short time, was a result of the 'Environment & the Heart Campaign' which was held to raise awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and to encourage policymakers' action. Please click here to read the full press release.


22 concrete measures to tackle COPD: time to act

COPD will be the 3rd leading cause of death by 2030 according to the World Health Organisation (WHO) if  politicians, healthcare professionals, and other stakeholders, do not  step up their efforts to act upon this condition.

The European COPD Coalition re-launches its Call to Action drafted in 2011 in September 2015, to better inform the new teams in the European Commission and European Parliament (after the 2014 elections) and provide them with solutions.

Please read ECC’s Call to Action, sign and share it.

Call to Action


Press Release: EConDA - EU Project unveils obesity & smoking trends across Europe and shows how primary prevention is the key to a healthy future

Results of the EConDA (Economics of Chronic Diseases) EU-funded project will be announced today in Brussels at a conference bringing together EU policymakers, health professionals, health economists and health stakeholders from the EU arena.

The project, which lasted 2.5 years, showed how 'upstream' prevention interventions focusing on reducing people's exposure to risk factors before a chronic disease has occurred is generally more cost-effective in terms of healthcare savings – including social care, welfare costs and losses in productivity - than treating an individual for a chronic condition. Click here to access the full press release.


Environment & the Heart - A healthy environment for a healthy heart

The European Society of Cardiology (ESC), together with the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) and the European Heart Network (EHN), launched on 29 August, during ESC Congress 2015, a public awareness campaign entitled ‘Environment & the Heart’.

The campaign aims at raising awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and at encouraging policymakers’ action. Healthcare professionals, patients’ advocates, policymakers and the wider public are all invited to join the campaign by supporting the 'Environment & the Heart Call for Action' by signing the online petition here.


The JA-CHRODIS report "Health Promotion and Primary Prevention in 14 European countries: a comparative overview of key policies, approaches, gaps and needs"

More investment  in health promotion and primary prevention is needed to reduce the burden of chronic diseases across Europe, says a report published  by the Joint Action  CHRODIS on the 15th July. The report provides a comparative  overview of key policies and approaches used to promote health and prevent chronic diseases across 14 European countries.

18/06/2015 - FDA decides that trans fatty acids are no longer safe and have to be eliminatedThe American Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has decided that trans fatty acids (TFAs) are no longer considered as GRAS (generally recognized as safe) and have to be eliminated.  Producers have been given until 18 June 2018 to comply. This decision is very timely and should help the European Commission to draw the conclusion that the same is true for the EU.

03/09/2015 - Environment & the Heart - A healthy environment for a healthy heartThe European Society of Cardiology (ESC), together with the European Association for Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation (EACPR) and the European Heart Network (EHN), launched on 29 August, during ESC Congress 2015, a public awareness campaign entitled ‘Environment & the Heart’.

The campaign aims at raising awareness about the need to create healthy environments for the protection of heart health and at encouraging policymakers’ action. Healthcare professionals, patients’ advocates, policymakers and the wider public are all invited to join the campaign by supporting the 'Environment & the Heart Call for Action' by signing the online petition here.