ADI calls for input to WHO hearing on NCDs

3 June 2011 - ADI asks for organisations and individuals to add their voices to the UN Summit on Non Communicable Diseases before 10 June.

Alzheimer’s Disease International is campaigning to get Alzheimer’s and other dementias on the agenda of global organisations like the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations (UN).

On 19-20 September this year there will be a High-Level Meeting at the UN about Non Communicable Diseases. This currently focuses on cancers, heart and lung diseases and diabetes. We want dementia to be included and now have a chance to let our voice be heard!

Interested parties can contribute to the World Health Organization online consultation that has just been launched and will feed into the Final Outcomes Document. Comments from this consultation will also inform both the conduct of the UN Civil Society Hearing on 16 June and the subsequent report on the outcomes of the hearing, which will be shared with Member States.

The consultation is focused on three questions:

  1. The specific contribution of Civil Society in Non Communicable Disease (NCD) prevention and control and how this can be most effective
  2. Lessons learnt from the success of Civil Society and previous social mobilization efforts to address health and development challenges
  3. Specific outcomes that could be recommended for inclusion in the outcomes document being developed for the September High-Level Meeting on NCDs. This is the most important of these questions – it is your opportunity to tell political leaders the future action needed to stem the spiraling dementia epidemic.

The next week is crucial and we urge you to get your voice heard, contribute your views to the Summit, and say loud and clear that neglect of ageing and dementia issues in a summit about NCDs is wrong.

What you can do before 10 June

  1. Complete the online consultation form http://www.who.int/nmh/events/2011/online_form/en/index.html
  2. Submit your own text and use your own words. You can use the space for a short statement in the online form, or attach a letter or document. The deadline for submitting comments is the end of business day on 10 June 2011 wherever you are in the world.
  3. Share this information with your networks, colleagues, friends and social media channels, and encourage them to send their views too.
  4. Alzheimer’s Disease International is also collecting submissions from the ageing community to compile for the 16 June meetings in New York. Please contact us with a copy of your text.

This will take you less than 5 minutes and could really make a great difference! Thank you.