ECDA Press Release on the occasion of the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

The European Commission is organizing the first EU Summit on Chronic Diseases this week. ECDA welcomes the Commission’s initiative to organize the Summit, which we hope to be a step towards an EU framework to allow the EU to make a significant impact in reaching the United Nations goal of a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from chronic diseases by 2025. A comprehensive EU framework is crucial in order to successfully tackle chronic diseases and such a framework must be developed by 2017 in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.

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ECDA Key Messages for the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases

In preparation of the EU Summit on Chronic Diseases that was to take place on April 3-4, 2014, ECDA mlembers developed a series of key messages for EU policymakers in order to help guide the EU Summit Conlusions. To read the ECDA key messages for the EU Summit please click here.

Joint Statement: Tackling alcohol related harm requires better actions

Why the public health community is disappointed with the European Parliament resolution on EU Alcohol Strategy.

To read the joint statement, please click here.

9th edition of World Kidney Day: Kidneys age, just like you

March 13 will mark the ninth year of World Kidney Day, a joint initiative of the International Society of Nephrology (ISN) and the International Federation of Kidney Foundations (IFKF), aims at raising the profile of kidney disease worldwide.

EU Health Prize for Journalists 2013

DG Health and Consumers has launched the 5th edition of the EU Health Prize for Journalists. Journalists writing on health are invited to submit their articles published between 01/08/2012 and 30/09/2013 via the website. The submission deadline is on 30/09/2013.

ECDA is particularly interested in articles addressing chronic diseases.

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United Nations to establish WHO-led Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases

The Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution requesting the UN Secretary-General to establish a United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. The Task Force will be convened and led by the WHO and will be created by expanding the mandate of the existing United Nations Ad Hoc Interagency Task Force on Tobacco Control and the work to support the implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).

The UN will define and agree on a common system-wide division of roles and responsibilities to efficiently support national country efforts to address NCDs in the coming year. It is vital that UN organizations increase their capacity to deal with NCDs, develop joint programmes with WHO, and mobilize partners including governments, NGOs and the private sector, while safeguarding public health from any potential conflict of interest.

ECDA welcomes this initiative and in particular the fact the the UN encourages the collaboration of various actors in order to tackle the burden of NCDs.

Press release available here.