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New initiative to tackle NCDs on national level launched
July 16, 2013 - The NCD Alliance (NCDA) today launched a programme to support civil society efforts to tackle Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) at the national level. NCDs kill approximately 36 million people per year, with 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, this figure is projected to rise to 52 million deaths by 2030.
‘Strengthening Health Systems, Supporting NCD Action’, is designed to build the capacity of NCD civil society, to monitor national progress on NCDs and advocate for improved NCD policies and strengthening of health systems.
Funded by Medtronic Philanthropy, the programme will award more than $300,000 USD over two years to local partners in Brazil, South Africa, and the Caribbean region. In 2012 alone, these regions recorded over 275,000 deaths related to diabetes.
Selected grantees will be provided with tools and support to enable them to enter into dialogue with their governments. The programme will help chosen countries reach the WHO target of a 25% reduction in preventable NCD deaths by 2025.
The NCDA is currently accepting applications from local organisations to be a National Implementing Partner in this programme.
Applicants must be a member of one of the founding federations of the NCD Alliance and be based in Brazil, South Africa or CARICOM.
If your diabetes organisation is interested in applying, please contact Sheree Dodd, Director of Policy and Programmes, IDF, directly for a Request for Proposal and associated grant form.
IDF has ensured, in collaboration with the NCDA, that our current Diabetes Scorecard project will fit under the broader NCDA proposed toolkit.
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Diabetes Kills - New IDF public service announcement
The International Diabetes Federation (IDF) has produced a new global public service announcement to highlight some of the key messages of the World Diabetes Day 2013 campaign. The strong fifty-second animation challenges the public to look at diabetes in a different light, underlining the serious consequences of the disease that can often go unnoticed if it is not managed and treated properly. The powerful visuals also promote the importance of staying healthy to protect our future.
Diabetes in the spotlight in Melbourne
Diabetes Australia -Victoria branch launched National Diabetes Week campaign in Melbourne, location of the upcoming World Diabetes Congress, on Sunday. The Face of Diabetes in Australia campaign was launched at the Yarra Gallery at Federation Square in Melbourne. The campaign aims to raise awareness of all types of diabetes and emphasises the human face of the disease.
Elizabeth Miller, local politician and State Member for Bentleigh, Victoria, used the launch to highlight the impact of the disease on the Victorian Community.
Ms Miller, on behalf of Minister for Health David Davis, said that the prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled over recent decades.
“Nearly 5 per cent of the Victorian population now has diabetes, which is around 270,000 Victorians aged 18-75,” Ms Miller said.
“To add to this, diabetes is predicted to become the leading burden of disease in Australia by 2017.”
Director Emeritus at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Professor Paul Zimmet, said diabetes is one of the most challenging health issues of our time.
“Diabetes is a very serious disease. It can result in debilitating complications including heart attacks, blindness, kidney failure, stroke and limb amputations,” Professor Zimmet said.
“Despite the significant progress that we’ve made in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease here in Australia, there is still a lot that needs to be done in this field.”
In December this year, Melbourne will host the World Diabetes Congress which will be one of the biggest medical conferences that Australia has ever seen.
Ms Miller said the Victoria State Government is very proud to be supporting this internationally significant event so that it can be hosted in Melbourne.
“The Congress is supported by the State Government through Healthy Together Victoria, a state-wide health effort to prevent diabetes and obesity by encouraging all Victorians to put good health at the centre of their everyday lives,” Ms Miller said.
“Victoria is the perfect location for the Congress. The State is home to several world-leading scientific institutions and our researchers are making a major contribution to efforts globally to find a cure for type 1 diabetes.”
“For the first time in the history of the Congress, people who are affected by diabetes and their carers who are members of Diabetes Australia in their state, are invited to come along to the Congress to hear about the latest research and treatments for the disease.
There will also be a focus on the Congress on Living with Diabetes, where people who are affected by the disease will share their personal stories with the Congress,” Ms Miller said.
The World Diabetes Congress is expected to bring around 12,000 researchers, advocates, heath professionals and policy makers to Victoria and will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from 2-6 December 2013.
The full press release is available here