August 6, 2015

Multiplying Change Chronicle 

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YP-CDN is on the Move!

Dear YP’ers,

Thanks to your hard work, donations and support, our YP-CDN team has been able to make great contributions to the movement for global health equity.  Side-by-side, uninhibited by distance and national borders, we’ve petitioned, lobbied, protested, advocated, educated, and mobilized.

Your support has led to the addition of 9 NCD medicines to the WHO Essential Medicines List (a list which guides mass drug donations globally), including medications for cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes and mental illness. You have made it possible for us to train 35 advocates on direct action organizing to improve access to essential cancer medicines, which included individuals from India, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and the US.

Together, we’ve catalyzed services for Rheumatic Heart Disease in Kenya, as well as the first bone marrow registry in Nigeria, and our volunteers have led initiatives to build NCD awareness in their communities (click
here to read about past work of YP'ers in Nairobi).

We’ve connected over 4,000 people across 157 countries, all with the vision creating of a world where all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

And we’re just getting started!

Last week, we received news that our organization is officially recognized as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in the United States. For those of you supporting us in the US, this means your contributions will now be tax deductible. And for those of you who supporters outside of the US, this is great news for our network and the work we will be able to do moving forward.

Over the coming months, we have some exciting projects in the works, including a collaboration with the American Cancer Society for an advocacy workshop in Morocco (click
here for more details), thoughtful and inspiring discussions on YP Speaks, expanded resources and advocacy support for 3T groups, and new educational materials for those interested in becoming more involved with NCD causes around the world.

And we need your support! If you like the work we’ve been doing and want to help us continue to serve as a platform for the global NCD movement, expand our reach, and further our impact, donate now! If you’re interested in joining a 3T group or starting one of your own, email with us at If you want to share with us your experiences, connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. If you’re working in NCDs and want to share your insights, contribute to our blog.

And join us as we mobilize a global community of young leaders to take action against social injustice driven by NCDs.

Upcoming YP Speaks Session: 

The Economics of NCDs
Friday, August 7, 2015 | 12-12:30 PM EDT
Mark your calendars! YP Speaks' is joined Friday, August 7th by Dr. David Watkins to discuss the economics of NCDs. 

In residency, under the mentorship of Dr. Rachel Nugent and Dr. Jim Logerfo at UW, he broadened his focus to include the economic impact of cardiovascular disease in developing countries. He has published two manuscripts and several abstracts based on his research. Dr. Watkins currently works as a hospitalist at Harborview Medical Center and is completing an MPH in global health, while continuing his research on the global health and noncommunicable diseases.

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Blog: The World Agrees to Prioritize NCDs

After tense negotiations and deliberations, the 193 Member States of the United Nations have established the next generation of development goals: the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Building upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), these goals, which will be formally agreed to next month, aim to shape a global agenda to reduce the global burden of disease, food insecurity and poverty by 2030.

A key highlight among the SDGs is the inclusion of a target to reduce the global burden of chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Specifically, Target 3.4 aims to, "by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment, and promote mental health and wellbeing.” This is a momentous step forward in global health given that NCDs (e.g., heart disease, diabetes, cancer) account for 66% of the 56 million annual deaths worldwide.

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NCDs in the News

Ban Ki-moon: Sustainable Development Goals 'leave no one behind'
The Guardian

Nigeria's NCD Indices, major public health challenge
Business Day 

Next stop for IBM's Watson supercomputer: Your local CVS pharmacy
The Washington Post

Studying health care reform abroad: Lessons in chronic disease management

Using big data to fight chronic diseases

Meet our
Exec Team

Jordan Jarvis

Executive Director
Boston, USA

Madelynn Simmons

Communication Director
Boston, USA

Eric Obscherning

Community Organizer
Madison, USA

Genevieve Bois

Montreal, Canada

Pooja Yerramilli

Project Coordinator
Philadelphia, USA

Desiree Neufeld

YP Speaks Coordinator
Ottawa, Canada



Ishu Kataria

3T Coordinator
New Delhi, India

We want to hear from you! You can reach any of executive board members by email at

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Upcoming Conferences

Global Forum on Research and Innovation for Health (August 24-27, 2015), Manila, Philippines 
EPHA 6th Annual Conference (September 2-3, 2015), Brussels, Belgium
UN General Assembly (September 15-October 5, 2015), New York, NY, USA
UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda  (September 25-27, 2015), New York, NY, USA
African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (November 18-22, 2015), Marrakech, Morocco
ACS/YP-CDN Global Cancer Advocacy Training (November 19, 2015), Marrakech, Morocco

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