Women: Demand a Healthy Future, Free of Chronic Disease
Read our petition on change.org. Sign it to make your voice count and to do what you can to ensure healthy futures for women and children.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease, are one of the 21st century’s greatest health and development challenges. Collectively, these chronic diseases cause two out of three deaths today and by 2030 will cause five times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria COMBINED. Yet, NCDs are largely preventable — 80% of heart disease and diabetes and 40% of cancer can be prevented by avoiding tobacco and through increased physical activity and healthy eating.
NCDs: A Social Justice Issue
80% of deaths from NCDs occur in developing countries, where people have lower access to medicines, health care, and healthy lifestyles. NCDs can push families into poverty, and poverty in turn worsens NCDs. The opportunity to survive should not be defined by income and geography. Yet it is.
NCDs: A Threat to our Children’s Future
Our children are growing up sicker than previous generations. Low birth weight can predispose babies to getting diabetes and heart disease later in life. And marketing of fast food, sugary drinks, alcohol and tobacco to children and adolescents has led to the rising prevalence of NCDs. Children have a right to health and a life free of disease.
NCDs: The Leading Cause of Death for Women
NCDs kill 18 million women each year. We know that women suffer greatly from breast and cervical cancer, and are learning that heart disease is their #1 killer. Girls and women are at a disadvantage for getting NCDs: 60% of the world’s poor are women, and many are malnourished and uneducated. In developing countries, women often cook over open fires and get chronic lung diseases. Disease and death due to everyday cooking? Surely that is an outrage.
Take Action Now
On 19th and 20th September, world leaders are gathering at the UN for a historic summit on NCDs. The stakes are high: their decisions will impact the lives of millions. Now we have joined together in a global campaign — Women for a Healthy Future — to demand solutions. This petition is our first step.
Sign the petition. Tell your friends.
Join us in urging world leaders to reduce the vulnerability of women and children to NCDs.
If we gather 10,000 women’s signatures before the UN Summit, we will take your voices to the media, to world leaders gathered at the United Nations, and to business leaders. We need your support to show the world how deeply we care, and to ignite action against NCDs.