Thursday, October 19, 2017
The last few months have been busy and exciting here at YP-CDN. We hosted Community Conversations with over 100 people living with NCDs in 10 East African chapters, we're planning a webinar series to empower young people in the global noncommunicable disease (NCD) movement, and we're conducting a survey to better understand young people's priorities for the prevention and treatment of NCDs. We also have updates on the UICC 2018 World Cancer Congress, one of the YP-CDN chapter leaders and a NextGen Fellow.

 Our Views Our Voices 

In August 2017, 10 local YP-CDN Chapters in East Africa hosted Community Conversations with over 100 PLWNCDs as part of the NCD Alliance Our Views Our Voices initiative. The insights from these conversations will inform the production of the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs and participation in its implementation for advocacy efforts at global, regional and national levels.

By bringing together and empowering PLWNCDs, these Community Conversations provide access to information, connections with peers, a platform for sharing experiencing and the ability to actively contribute to the response to NCDs. YP-CDN offers a range of opportunities for PLWNCDs to continue their active contribution and participation in the NCD response at global, regional and national levels.

Chapter Update: Eldoret, Kenya

“It has been an exciting and an inspiring journey for the team to give back to society through education and perhaps save someone’s heart — one child at a time.” 
 Dilys Nyariki, YP-CDN Eldoret Chapter Leader

The YP-CDN Chapter in Eldoret, Kenya created a rheumatic heart disease (RHD) awareness program that has just gone into phase two of operations. RHD is a preventable disease affects over 33 million people worldwide and affects the world’s most vulnerable communities, particularly women, children and adolescents. The chapter aims to create awareness about preventative measures and management options for those affected, and to work with organizations and the government to ensure RHD inclusive policies are adopted in the future.

So far the program has reached five school and over 5,200 primary school students in Eldoret, and plan to visit four additional school in the next few months. They have also just completed the long process required to start a RHD support group in Chandaria Chronic Disease Center. They plan to launch it by the end of the month.

NextGen Fellow  Feature 

Chris was selected as one of the NextGen Fellows and will complete a 1-year fellowship that seeks to build their leadership for improved NCD advocacy, research and policy influence at sub-national, national, regional and global levels. Chris is working with the East Africa NCD Alliance to develop an adolescent and youth NCD awareness and advocacy media tool in Kenya.

One of the goals of the project is to produce a report outlining how youth view NCD advocacy efforts and how they would like to be meaningfully involved.

He is currently in the process of developing a questionnaire for data collection and identifying key stakeholders to interview.

 Events & Opportunities 

The UICC 2018 World Cancer Congress

The Union for International Cancer Control is calling on the expertise of the global cancer and health community to help shape a rich and engaging programme for the next World Cancer Congress, October 1-4, 2018, Kuala Lumpur. Seize the opportunity to submit your session proposal, and share your knowledge and collaborative work as they expect over 3,500 participants from more than 150 countries over the three Congress days. The call for sessions will run from 28 August to 31 October 2017. They seek proposals which align with one of the five Congress Tracks outlined below and reflect the main Congress theme: Strengthen. Inspire. Deliver.

Be part of a Congress that shows the best of the cancer community; visit the official website to submit your proposal.

Upcoming Initiatives

YP-CDN Webinar Series: “How to Join the Global Conversation to Fight NCDs”

YP-CDN helps define and promote the role of young people within the global NCD movement. To support this, YP-CDN will host a webinar series to empower young people with the information and tools to advocate for stronger commitments in 2018 at the global level, that can be implemented at the local level.

Webinar 1: How has the next generation influenced the processes and outcomes for global governance of NCDs?

Speaker:  Sandeep Kishore, President and Founder, YP-CDN

Description: This webinar tells the story of the start of a next generation civil society movement — part technical, part social — to curb this epidemic and will highlight the Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network Manifesto on NCDs including seven recommendations and seven commitments as a case-study for this type of activation to inform the movement in the lead up to the third High Level Meeting on NCDs slated for fall 2018. Stay tuned for webinar dates and details on how to join.

Transition Update

As most of you know, Jordan Jarvis was the YP-CDN Executive Director for three years and a half years and announced in August that she will be stepping down to do her doctoral studies at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She will remain an active contributor on the YP-CDN Board of Directors as the Program Director moving forward. To carry on the NextGen Leaders program and other global NCD initiatives, Michelle Cochrane has been brought on as Program Manager, and Erin Little, one of our Board Directors, has transitioned to YP-CDN's Interim Executive Director. It has been a smooth transition so far and we're all looking forward to upholding the important initiatives at YP-CDN.

What We're Reading

WHO launches new NCDs Progress Monitor

Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address NCDs and main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths.
India’s drug prices regulator calls for better oversight of private hospitals

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India’s drug pricing authority called for better regulation of the country’s massive private healthcare industry on Friday to ensure government efforts to cut prices benefit patients.
How big business got Brazil hooked on junk food

FORTALEZA, Brazil — Children’s squeals rang through the muggy morning air as a woman pushed a gleaming white cart along pitted, trash-strewn streets. She was making deliveries to some of the poorest households in this seaside city, bringing pudding, cookies and other packaged foods to the customers on her sales route.
Cost of healthy foods may explain heart risks linked to ‘food deserts’

(Reuters Health) - Living in an area with little access to fresh and nutritious foods has been linked to high heart disease risk, but a new study suggests that it’s the inability to afford a healthy diet, rather than access, that’s to blame.
Australia's Need For A Sugar Tax Is Off The Scale

The main tagline of the sugar tax campaign is that the current generation of children are unlikely to outlive the life expectancies of their parents due to 27 percent of children being classified as overweight or obese.
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