YP-CDN Newsletter: #MultiplyChange, UHC Day & More!
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Our call to you: #MultiplyChange for non-communicable diseases today!
Donate to #MultiplyChange Now!

Dear <<First Name>>,

Will you help us train future public health leaders in Kenya to #MultiplyChange? Our YP-CDN members have the baseline knowledge, networks and passion to speak up against structural injustices and achieve better essential medicines policies. And #MultiplyChange through our NextGen Leaders training program will provide YP-CDN advocates like MellanyLorna, and Chris the detailed knowledge and skills to launch action and campaigns across the country. They are doctors, nurses and program managers that will make sure these policies translate into tangible change: medicines in the hands of people who need them, now. 

Myself and Dr. Sandeep Kishore, our Founder and President, participated in the WHO dialogue to coordinate progress on NCDs last week, emphasizing that NCDs must be addressed as the social justice issue of our generation. Richard Horton, Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet, took note of this framing in his commentary today, highlighting that “The NCD movement is too quiet, too pedestrian, and too polite to make the impact it deserves. It has allowed process to kill action.” 

Together, we can #MultiplyChange and inject some much needed grassroots energy into the non-communicable disease movement --please show your support for affordable essential medicines for NCDs today!

We have 3 weeks remaining in our #MultiplyChange campaign and we need your help--we still have a long way to go to reach our goal to enable passionate and active members of YP-CDN in Kenya.

YP-CDN's mission is to mobilize a global community of young leaders to take action against social injustice driven by NCDs, with the vision to create a generation of change: a world where all people have the opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives. A world where a family is not bankrupted from the high cost of diabetes care for their child. A world where a working woman who is diagnosed with breast cancer does not have to forego treatment so that she can feed her family. A world where mental illness is viewed the same as physical illness, and all people receive the care they need. A world where people come first-- not profit.

Thank you for standing with us holiday season,

Jordan Jarvis
Executive Director

YP-CDN is a supporter of Universal Health Coverage Day!

Find out more during our Town Hall!
With its intrinsic focus on equity and human rights, Universal Health Coverage (UHC) provides a powerful vehicle to accelerate progress on reducing inequalities in health and NCDs. 

Join us in our Town Hall Webinar to discuss: 
'Achieving Access to Affordable Essential Medicines for Cancer, Diabetes, Mental Illness and other Non-communicable Diseases --
A Human Right and An Imperative to Achieve Universal Health Coverage'

Tuesday, Dec. 15th 17:30 GMT/ 12:30pm ET OR 23:30 GMT/ 6:30pm ET

Our Town Hall is also your chance to ask questions and learn more about YP-CDN, the #MultiplyChange campaign, our NextGen Leaders program in Kenya, and other ongoing initiatives. 

Space is limited, please RSVP to!

Blogs from our members

Why Mental Illness Remains a Severe Human Rights Challenge: Stories from Ghana
"As a doctor in Ghana, a country where legislation clearly states that mental health services are ‘free’ , I can tell you without hesitation that there remains much to be desired. According to the World Health Organization, 98% of all people with a mental health condition in Ghana are never treated (WHO 2015). This is not just a pressing health problem, but also a major human rights issue."


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Only Together Can We Grow the Global Non-communicable disease Movement
"As a young advocate, I had the privilege of attending the first ever global forum on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as a YP-CDN delegate in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates...

What really stood out at the forum is the need to have more grassroots advocates to speak up and join the growing global movementparticularly the need for stronger representation of people living with, and at risk for, NCDs.  The patient voices at the forum clearly emphasized a need for more advocacy on access to affordable treatment for those already living with NCDs."

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Cancer treatment in Nepal is still a nightmare

"Sita, 16 years, is suffering from blood cancer and currently receiving treatment from BP Koirala Memorial Cancer Hospital, 150 km away from her hometown in Nepal...

For her family, affording her cancer treatment has already been an immense economic challenge. They live in subsistence agriculture—they have no other option than selling their lands to pay the bills."

Read More
  • The LancetRichard Horton: Chronic disease is the social justice issue of our time
  • ReutersSmarter regulation can help cut drug prices, says EU agency head  
  • BBC: Tax on sugary drinks backed by MPs 
  • WHO's Dr. Ophira Ginsburg talks to ECancerTV at AORTIC 2015 on role of women in cancer control in Africa
  • The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs will launch a Virtual Global Discussion Forum in January 2016. Register here.
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