As a follow-up to the Call to Action: Youth, NCDs, & 2018, NCD Child is sharing 2 new resources developed by youth advocates to help promote the inclusion of young people in policy-making and policy targets. Over the past 6 months, young advocates have continued to be vocal about the need for policy makers, civil society, and others to walk the talk with regards to youth inclusion in the global NCD agenda. To maintain momentum and hold our governments accountable, youth champions encourage their colleagues, networks, and peers to reach out to their Ministers over the next several months in the lead-up to the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.
1) Template letters to government: This letter was developed to be sent from young people to government officials and making our key asks – proposing intergenerational collaboration for NCD policies as well as include a young person in their official country delegation to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs. We suggest that the letter be sent much in advance of the High-Level Meeting, since being included in the preparatory work for the meeting could offer great opportunities to learn and influence.
2) Talking points on NCDs & young people: The talking points highlight key messages related to the prevention, treatment, and management of NCDs in young people. The information can be used in a variety of platforms, including but not limited to, social media, advocacy at high-level meetings, outreach to government, and collaborations with important civil society partners. We hope you incorporate the messages into your advocacy efforts in the lead-up to the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs and beyond.
Stay in the know on future resources made by youth advocates for youth advocates by joining the NCD Child Youth Voices Connect group on Facebook.
Global Health Council and leading organizations of the Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health Roundtable organized an educational program and reception that highlighted USAID’s forthcoming progress report on maternal and child survival – known as the 2018 Acting on the Call Report. The event featured distinguished speakers from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ghanaian and Ugandan Ministries of Health.
You can follow the event conversations on Twitter through the hashtag #MomandBaby.
The event culminated in a call to action to urge U.S. Members of Congress to co-sponsor the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (or the Reach Act). Consider spreading these crafted messages far and wide to foster support for this important legislation. The hashtag specific to the Reach Act is #SaveMomsAndKids.
Image courtesy: Save the Children
The Reach Act would:
1) Require a coordinated U.S. government strategy for how our country would contribute to ending preventable maternal, newborn and child deaths
2) Establish rigorous reporting requirements to improve transparency, accountability, efficiency, and oversight of maternal and child health programs
3) Ensure that the United States Agency for International Development scales up the most effective programs
4) Encourage the use of innovative ways to pay for these programs, including public-private partnerships
ENOUGH is an NCD Alliance-led campaign calling for the right to a healthy life free from preventable suffering, disability and death from noncommunicable diseases for everyone, everywhere. Death and illness caused by NCDs bring suffering and heartache to millions of people worldwide every year – those who live with the diseases, as well as their families and friends. The greatest injustice: much of this NCD suffering and death is preventable, and we have long known the solutions. This is unacceptable.
The ENOUGH campaign appreciates the support to help build a movement to end preventable death and suffering from noncommunicable diseases. The hope is that for the 2018 UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, this campaign will show policymakers that they must act now, and you can help.
In addition to a social media toolkit, the Alliance has provided an array of social assets that you can share with some of the suggested posts, with more being added ahead of the day of action.
From May 31, 2018:
1) Download the social media toolkit and accompanying graphics – remember to share with the hashtag #enoughNCDs.
2) Sign up for their Thunderclap Campaign.
On June 14:
As well as signing up to the Thunderclap, post one of the messages and accompanying graphics from the social media toolkit. To amplify the impact of ENOUGH, tag friends, other influencers and community leaders!
NCD champions are stepping up to the challenge to raise awareness, motivate investment, and inspire and commit to political action to reverse the trajectory of NCD burden. Consider following their digital channels for the campaign on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram.
The #ScaleForSuccess campaign is to recognize the importance of expanding proven interventions in order to prevent child and maternal deaths and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). When we find a new health practice or know something existing (but underutilized) works to improve health, it’s imperative that we work as a global community to make it a success. This planned expansion to cover more of a population with an evidence-based technique, process, or innovation not currently in widespread practice is called scale-up. We encourage you to use the digital toolkit to spread the word!
Hashtags: #ScaleforSuccess, #MomandBaby, #USAIDTransforms, #EWECisMe, #RMNCAH, #globalhealth, #MHDialogue, #GlobalGoals, #EveryChildALIVE
On May 1, Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC) launched a new analysis and online tool examining the benefits of global health research and development (R&D) to each state. As Congressional policymakers work on the FY2019 budget amidst the backdrop of the Administration’s proposed cuts to global health and medical research, this is an important moment to draw attention to how US investments in global health R&D are advancing healthier, more prosperous communities abroad, while also delivering economic and health benefits at home. Read more.
GHTC works to save and improve lives by encouraging the research and development of essential health technologies. We bring together more than 25 nonprofit organizations, academic institutions, and aligned businesses to advance policies to accelerate the creation of new drugs, vaccines, diagnostics, and other tools that bring healthy lives within reach for all people.