YP-CDN Monthly Newsletter

Building Advocacy & Action to Improve Global Cancer Treatment and Care 

Passion and collaboration define the dynamic YP-CDN community. This was evident on March 28-29, when the American Cancer Society (ACS), Young Professionals Chronic Diseases Network (YP-CDN), and Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) co-hosted the first Global Advocacy Cancer Training at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. With excellent applications that came from over 20 different countries, 32 young professionals participated in the 2-day training to develop effective campaign strategies to improve cancer care and control in underserved communities.

Participants hailed from all over the world and included some of YP-CDN's very own 3T Local Leaders and ACS Global Scholars - Oluwafunmilola James (Nigeria), Mellany Murgor (Kenya), Lorna Akinyi (Kenya), Fidel Rubagumya (Rwanda), and Neha Tripathi (India).  Strategies and action plans were developed in teams to tackle issues impeding access to cancer medicines and treatment in the US, Nigeria, Kenya, Rwanda, India and at the global level. Now it's time for action! 

"Being able to interact with Sandeep, Jordan, Desiree, Pooja, Erin, Kiran and other YP-CDN members I've only mostly met online made the YP-CDN more real than ever to me. It is always great to know that I always have access to such a strong network of like-minded advocates who will offer every form of help they can with my advocacy work back home in Nigeria."
- 'Lola James (far right), 3T Leader- Lagos, Nigeria

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Want to make a Global Impact?
Join the Dynamic YP-CDN Leadership Team!

We are currently recruiting for several new volunteer roles with the YP-CDN Executive Team. Each role is a great opportunity to work with our amazing community of changemakers and shape the future of our growing global organization. Although each role has a different set of responsibilities, each of the following positions is a time commitment of around 10 hours per week:

  • Social Media Coordinator
  • Community Organizer
  • Web Content Coordinator
  • Conference Coordinator

Check out the role descriptions hereRegardless of where you live, we'd like to hear from you. If you happen to know anyone that might be a good fit, please forward to your networks. Any questions about the roles or additional information can be sent to our VP of Human Resources, Erin at

Recent Tobacco Plain Packaging Developments

Plain packaging is the last step in a full ban on advertising, as the new glitzy, colourful and well-designed packages are acting as small billboards for the industry. By removing the ability to pair tobacco with attractive lifestyles and values, we limit the potential attractiveness of cigarettes, especially for youth. The first country to implement plain packaging was Australia, but in the last few weeks Ireland, England and France adopted plain packaging laws too. 
Read more on our blog

Current Radiotherapy Crisis in Kenya

Kenya has over the last few years seen a significant rise in the number of new cancer cases, without a corresponding increase in the capacity and improvement in cancer treatment infrastructure.

This grave situation was exacerbated by the breakdown of radiotherapy treatment machines at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), the country's only public hospital with such facilities, in March 2015.

Read more on our blog

Upcoming Events

Save the Date!
September 25: YP-CDN and partners will host an exciting event on intergenerational mentorship & advocacy for chronic disease prevention in New York City. Stay tuned for more!


68th World Health Assembly (May 28-26, Geneva, Switzerland)

Global Health Next Generation Network Conference (June 25-26, Barcelona, Spain)


Chronic Diseases in LMICs offered by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health July 20-24th.

Days of Note

Last week of April 
World Immunization Week 

May 31: World No Tobacco Day

Global Health & NCD News

WHO: Report: Relationship between psychosocial risk factors and health outcomes of chronic diseases: a review of the evidence for cancer and cardiovascular diseases

WEF: Changing the way we think about mental health


WHO: Implementing cervical cancer interventions key to save African women


Lancet: The World Heart Federation's vision for worldwide cardiovascular disease prevention

Lancet: High-quality cancer diagnosis for resource-poor locations


Devex: Financing the SDGs for health in Africa: Opportunities and risks

BMJ: Smartphones are useful for disease surveillance in rural areas, study finds


Upcoming YP Speaks Sessions:
on pain and palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.

Part I:
"Closing the pain divide: An equity imperative

April 2712-12:30 p.m. ESTby Afsan Bhadelia, Research Associate with the Harvard Global Equity Initiative.   Join Here

Part II:
"Palliative Care in Rwanda"
TBA by Dr. Christian Ntizimira, Palliative Care Educator & Palliative Medicine Fellow

Past Sessions:

From Brazil: "Food Regulation in the Prevention of NCDs" by Dr. Ana Paula Bortoletto, Idec - Brazilian Institute for Consumers Defense; Associate Researcher at Nupens - Center of Epidemiological Research on Diet and Nutrition - São Paulo University. 

From Kenya: "The Interface between Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and NCD action" by Dr. Laura Musambayi, Clinical Intern outside of Nairobi, Kenya; diagnosed with MS 12 years ago. 

From New Zealand: "How to Accelerate Progress on Reducing Obesity and NCDs Globally" by Dr. Stefanie Vandevijvere, Research fellow in Global Health, Food Policy, Obesity and NCD prevention; Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Auckland.


YP-CDN members submitted a letter to California Assembly Health Committee to support the Pharmaceutical Cost Transparency Act of 2015. Click here to read the letter and find out more.

Recent Blogs from our Members

Dying with Dignity: Hope for Rwanda as a post genocide society
by Christian R. Ntizimira

10 Things I Learned On My First Cancer ‘Lobby Day’
by Mellany Murgor

South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease
by Pooja Yerramilli

Nation celebrates smoke-free Pohela Boishakh

by Aminul Islam

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