Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action Explores Impact of NCDs on Women

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10,000 Women's Perspectives on NCDs - A New Global Survey from Arogya

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NEW YORK, March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Arogya World, with partner

organizations from multiple sectors, announced today, in advance of

International Women's Day, the start of a global quantitative survey

to gather the perspectives of 10,000 women in 10 countries on

Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Arogya World and its partners

Novartis, Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease, American Cancer

Society, UNICEF, Population Services International, Abt SRBI and Jana,

have come together to begin work on a Commitment to Action they made

at the 2013 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting. This

important public health collaborative effort aims to highlight the

impact of NCDs on women and their families, and to use women's voices

to move governments to action.

"NCDs are the number one cause of death amongst women, yet their

concerns and specific needs are not being addressed by the global

community," said Nalini Saligram, Ph.D., Founder & CEO, Arogya World.

"With this survey we commit to providing the data that will compel

decision-makers to address NCDs and help women and children lead

healthier lives."

"We see the increase of NCDs, especially in developing countries, as a

major global health problem. That's why Novartis is proud to

collaborate with Arogya World on their 10,000 Women survey, drawing

attention to the impact of NCDs on women's lives around the world,"

said Jurgen Brokatzky-Geiger, Global Head, Corporate Responsibility

for Novartis.

"It is well known that NCDs are largely preventable. But that is not

being effectively translated into action at the country level. We are

eager to use this survey's findings about women's exposure to NCD risk

factors, and their perceptions about the barriers to treatment and

care, to get policymakers to invest in women-centered NCD programs,"

said Kenneth Thorpe, Ph.D., Chairman, Partnership to Fight Chronic

Disease.

"Cancer and other NCDs have a profound impact on women. We believe

this survey is important as it can highlight the strong link between

women and NCDs, influence the post-2015 Development agenda and ensure

that women continue to be projected as leaders of their own health and

that of their families," said Sally Cowal, Senior Vice President

Global Programs, American Cancer Society, and former head of the

Taskforce on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Women's Health.

Innovative mobile and Web technologies are used to survey 1,000 women

18-40 years old, in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Indonesia, Kenya,

Mexico, Russia, South Africa, UK, and US- to reach a total of 10,000

women. These are a mix of developing, low-income and developed

countries from different regions of the world. In addition, some

women will be videotaped in each country to gather their personal

stories of how they are coping with and fighting NCDs. The

quantitative survey report and the accompanying videos will be

released later this year.

"If we are serious about leaving the world a healthier place for our

children, we must act now to prevent and control NCDs," said Kerida

McDonald, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Communication for Development,

UNICEF. "Data help to make change by identifying needs and supporting

advocacy. This survey will help to provide some of the evidence

needed to make change regarding NCDs."

"To PSI, women are the cornerstone of global health and development,"

said PSI's Vice President of Sexual and Reproductive Health and TB,

Krishna Jafa. "Ensuring they have access to NCD prevention, treatment

and care programs helps improve the health of families and

communities."

The survey is currently in implementation.

"We are eager to partner on this important initiative and bring to

this project our expertise in survey design and global health

surveys," said Ken Gaalswyk, Vice President of International Research

at Abt SRBI, a key implementation partner.

"Together, the voices of 10,000 women can change the world," said

Nathan Eagle, CEO of Jana. "Our mobile technology platform will enable

these voices to be heard, and further the goal of putting NCDs on the

action list of policy makers worldwide."

NCDs - which include heart disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung

diseases (including asthma and COPD) - are among the greatest health

and development challenges of the century. Impacting both developed

and developing countries, NCDs cause 2 out of 3 deaths globally, and

are the number one killer of women. Women and girls are

disproportionately impacted by these diseases since they are often

most likely to miss school or work to care for family members who fall

ill.

According to the World Health Organization, 80% of heart disease, 80%

diabetes and 40% cancers are preventable through avoiding tobacco,

increasing physical activity and eating healthy foods. In many

countries, however, women are believed to be disadvantaged with regard

to prevention due to illiteracy, and social and cultural barriers.

About Arogya World Arogya World (www.arogyaworld.org) is a global

health non-profit organization, committed to changing the course of

chronic disease, one community at a time. Arogya means 'good health'

in Sanskrit and denotes living life without disease. The organization

believes deeply in prevention, advocates for NCD prevention through

lifestyle changes globally, and in India, implements programs for

diabetes prevention through lifestyle change.

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Established in 2005 by

President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an

initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes

global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the

world's most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought

together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and

hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major

philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, members of the CGI

community have made more than 2,800 Commitments to Action, which are

already improving the lives of more than 430 million people in over

180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments

will be valued at $103 billion.

CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative

solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI

University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate

students to address pressing challenges in their community or around

the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring

together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen

ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around

the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and

follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook

at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.

SOURCE Arogya World

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/CONTACT: Nalini Saligram, 610-952-6427, nalini@arogyaworld.org

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