CEO of ADI joins first NCD Alliance Board in fight against Non-Communicable Diseases

12 May 2017 – The NCD Alliance have appointed their first Board in the fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) including the new CEO of ADI, Paola Barbarino, and leading NCD advocates from 11 countries.

NCDs, including dementia, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and are the subject of increased action by the World Health Organization (WHO) as part of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) outlined by the United Nations in 2015. Shared areas of risk reduction, such as reducing the impact of smoking, and promoting healthy diet and exercise are important to prevent dementia and other NCDs that may also act as a cause of, or occur at the same time as, dementia, such as stroke or cancer.

Paola said, "This is a great opportunity to present a united front on issues we are all aligned on, such as risk reduction and prevention. This will enable us to amplify our message and reach an even wider audience in our fight against dementia."

The appointment of the Board marks the transition of the NCD Alliance to a registered NGO with a President, Board and consolidated membership base ahead of the World Health Assembly in Geneva this month. ADI and NCD Alliance continue to advocate for the increased visibility of and action on SDGs by members of the WHO, UN and G7 in advance of the mid-term review of the SDGs in 2018.

ADI is a member of the Steering Group of the NCD Alliance alongside the World Heart Federation, International Diabetes Federation, Union for International Cancer Control and others.

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