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Message from the Director

<<First Name>>,

We are entering a critical year for global health, where non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be under the global spotlight.

The United Nations High-Level Review on NCDs in 2018 will be a rallying point-- where our governments will gather to review progress toward our collective goals in reducing the preventable burden of NCDs by one third and to expand universal health coverage worldwide. We need to ask what outcomes we demand from these sessions.

2017 is shaping up to be a big year for impactful community organizing. The Women’s March on January 21st, which brought out an estimated 3.2 million people across cities in the U.S. and other countries, serves as an inspiration to me on what we can achieve when ordinary citizens stand up for what they believe in. Of course, mass demonstrations such as this are just one component of mobilizing the change we want to see.

Our YP-CDN Chapters are organizing for change on NCD prevention and access to life-saving and life-sustaining care  in their countries and communities right now. Through our NextGen Leaders program, with partnership with RTI International, we we will be preparing more community organizers and advocates to tackle NCDs. Sometimes the work seems downright impossible when we are up against powerful forces and vested financial interests; but we stand together to support each other.

Stay tuned to our regular newsletter and engage with us in any way you can. We’re also looking to build our global volunteer and governance teams, and hope you’ll consider giving your time and talents to YP-CDN.  Let's continue write, speak and act with courage as the unified voice of our generation.

In solidarity,
Jordan Jarvis, YP-CDN Executive Director
Join the Network

Chapter Buzz

Since its start in October 2016, YP-Baltimore has been calling the attention of city and state leaders to advance prescription drug affordability and price transparency in Maryland. Each day, the chapter with the Maryland Health Care for All is pushing for a state-level consumers' bill of rights that will prevent prescription drug companies from making sudden or unexplained price hikes. Do you feel passionate about this issue and want to learn more? Let YP-Baltimore know today!

Global NCD News

WHO Executive Board convening in Geneva this week

January 23, 2017. Some agenda highlights are:

- Nomination of Director General candidates
- Preparations for the 2018 High-level Meeting on NCDs at the UN (for more, check out NCD Alliance Process Priorities)
YP-CDN quick response: More tangible action and policy implementation must be championed at national levels to realize progress toward the SDGs; 2018 meeting should involve broad participation from civil society and highest levels of government
- Cancer prevention and control resolution
YP-CDN quick response: Member states are looking for more guidance on how to better treat cancer-- in its current form the resolution insufficiently addresses how countries can better navigate high treatment costs and R&D.
Indian government to roll out a screening and control program for NCDs

January 21, 2017. India's Ministry of Health and Family Welfare will launch a massive screening and control program of non-communicable diseases, which account for over 60% of mortality in India today. The first phase will be screening 100 districts for five most common NCDs, including hypertension, diabetes, and cancers of oral cavity, breast and cervix.
Sectors join under new initiative to improve cancer care in cities

January 17, 2017. Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) has launched 'C/Can 2025: City Cancer Challenge' that brings together international organizations, governments and businesses to address the barriers of access to cancer treatment and care in urban populations. With priorities on serving low- and lower middle-income countries, the initiative aims to help reduce premature deaths from NCDs 25% worldwide by 2025.

What We're Reading

 BLOG  Blog Series on NCDs & Sustainable Development Goals / YP-CDN  BLOG  Rebecca Solnit on hope in dark times / BrainPickings

 ARTICLE  Diabetes: an invisible threat to development / World Bank

 COMMENT  "What's in a name? A call to reframe non-communicable diseases" / The Lancet Global Health
Tell us what you're reading

Take Action!

Join our YP-CDN:
Board of Directors
Executive Team

Global Conference Coordinating Committee
2. CONTRIBUTE to our blog: YP-CDN has launched a unique blog series featuring how each of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is tied to social justice and non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Do you have thoughts or insights to share? Write to us.
3. JOIN a local chapter: Chapters are the major organs of YP-CDN. Today they span across 15 cities worldwide, from Kampala to Copenhagen. Do you want to join or learn more about your local chapter? Check out our chapters page!
4. ENGAGE in cancer control policy in Nigeria: YP-CDN, through local members, is supporting cancer policy activities in Lagos State, Nigeria. If you have technical background and experience in cancer prevention and control planning and policy, and you're willing to contribute on a volunteer basis, please contact us.

Events and Opportunities


International AIDS Society & Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon webinar: Double Burden of HIV and Cervical Cancer (Register Today!)
NIH/FAES Graduate School course: Chronic Care in Global Health (Register by Jan. 27)
Acumen course: Storytelling for Change (Register by Jan. 24)
Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health summer program: Global Health Delivery Intensive (Register by Mar. 1)

Volunteer Team / YP-CDN, Various Locations
Oncology Nurse / CHAI, Ethiopia
Senior Global Oncology Analyst / American Cancer Society, Washington DC
Project Officer / Vital Strategies, Various Locations
YP-CDN proudly joins 130+ orgs opposing #globalgagrule, which undermines health & gender equity efforts worldwide
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