Working Together to Mitigate the Impact of NCDs in the EMR

OUR MISSION

Working primarily at the national and regional levels, EMNCDA’s mission is to take an integrated, population health approach to influence policies and practices that will help prevent NCDs. EMNCDA has three inter- related functions – advocacy, capacity building and mobilizing knowledge for action

OUR VISION

Create solutions that inspire action and build healthier lives, free of non-communicable diseases.

NEWS

Dietary Change for Human and Planetary Health with a Focus on the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Over the past 20 years, an ever-increasing amount of scientific evidence has underlined the relevance of health diet a predominantly plant-based dietary pattern to improve human health, and to improve the ability of our planet to support future human populations together with the biological diversity that sustains us. Plant-centric diets have been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and can in some cases can even reverse these conditions. This understanding suggests that policy approaches, with a concentration on advancing food and nutrition systems to prevent, manage and reverse these conditions at individual, clinical and population levels, can be effective to prevent and reverse the rising prevalence of chronic disease.

The Eastern Mediterranean NCD Alliance is hosting a series of Webinars in partnership with WHO/ EMRO, Isfahan Cardio Vascular diseases prevention centre, to address dietary change to synergistically address human and planetary health, as outlined below.

Webinar 1  ( 5th June , 2024 ) : What is the relationship between dietary patterns and patterns of NCDs/other chronic diseases

This webinar outlines the relationship between dietary patterns and rates of NCDs/chronic diseases.  Focusing on how changes in our food systems have contributed to our rising epidemic of chronic disease, and review the evidence that changing dietary patterns can stabilize and potentially reverse these rising trends.

You can access the webinar recording here

Webinar 2  ( 5th July 2024 ): Dietary Patterns and Planetary Health: How can a change in dietary patterns contribute to a healthier planet and address a major contributor to climate change?

This webinar focuses on the evidence regarding the environmental impact of food production, highlighting that food production accounts for over a quarter of global greenhouse gas emissions and significantly affects water, soil, and other resources. It examines how a healthier human diet can influence the use of these resources and recommends approaches to maximize human health while enhancing sustainability and reducing our impact on planetary resources.

You can access the recording of the webinar here.

Uniting Voices for Action on Women Cancer in the EMR - WHA Side-Event

Hosted by The Eastern Mediterranean NCD Alliance , this convening aimed to spotlight women’s cancers, leverage collective efforts to steer discussions towards actionable outcomes, and advocate for gender-sensitive approaches in closing the gap between policy development and implementation in the EMR.

Drawing upon the IHE-IAPO Breast Cancer Report and the Lancet Commission on Women, Power, and Cancer, this gathering also aims to galvanize the EMR political commitment and cooperation in ensuring women’s cancer remains a central focus on the agenda of the upcoming UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2025.

We want to express our gratitude to all the esteemed speakers and attendees for their active participation and fruitful discussions to improve cancer care and prevention for women in our region. 

Le Matin - Au Maroc, augmentation significative des cas de cancers féminins attendue d’ici 2045

Interview with Dr. Ibtihal Fadhil - Chair EMR NCD Allianece

WHO Global high-level technical meeting on NCDs in humanitarian settings - Copenhagen ​

International Papillomavirus Society (IPVS) / MENA HPV Coalition Webinar

February 6, 2024

World Cancer Day

February 4, 2024

The EM-NCDA Chair and Co-chair were in attendance at RCM70 in Cairo, Egypt

9-12 October, 2023

To access the presented statements, kindly follow the provided link: https://www.emrncda.org/statements-submissions-briefings/

Launch of the Lancet Commission Report on women and cancer​

Women, power, and cancer: a feminist approach to cancer care , Lancet commission report Launched 27 September 2023 . A Lancet Commission applies an intersectional feminist approach to investigate, expose, and challenge the current imbalance of power in relation to cancer. The report calls for sex and gender to be included in all cancer-related policies and guidelines, making them responsive to the needs and aspirations of all women, whether they be cancer patients, care providers, researchers, or advocates.

Dr Ibtihal Fadhil , Chair of the Eastern Mediterranean NCD Alliance , Commissioner says, cancer ranks in the top three causes of premature death (under 70 years old) in women in almost every country, women’s health is often focused on reproductive and maternal health whilst cancer as a whole is overlooked. The impact of cancer on women life and well being in our region is required further assessment.

Guardian (front page): ‘Feminist approach’ to cancer could save lives of 800,000 women a year 

El Pais: Gender inequalities worsen women’s access to cancer prevention, detection and care

STAT News: Women face host of disadvantages in cancer prevention and care, report finds

PA Media (UK Newswire) – eg. ITV: Tens of thousands of women die unnecessarily from cancer each year in the UK, report finds

Sky News: Tens of thousands of UK women dying needlessly from cancer, says report

Daily Telegraph: Sexism in healthcare is causing women to die from cancer, say researchers

Daily Mail: ‘Unconscious’ sexism is killing women with cancer in ‘prime of their life’ as major report demands a ‘feminist approach’ to treating disease to save 800,000 lives a year

Der Standard: Cancer is often detected too late, especially in women

Indian Express: Why are women more likely to die of cancer? Lancet study has some answers

EFE (Spanish Newswire) – eg. Huffpost.es: Gender inequalities worsen women’s access to cancer prevention

BBC News (Turkey): ‘Feminist approach’ to cancer could save the lives of 800 thousand women every year

The Paper (China): “The Lancet” report focuses on women, power and cancer: calling for a gender perspective to be included in cancer guidelines

Caixin Media (China): Gender inequality limits cancer prevention in women: Lancet report recommends empowering women

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