The Global Week for Action on NCDs (September 7-13, 2020) is an annual campaign, starting in 2020 and continuing until the fourth UN High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in 2025, that aims to unite the NCD movement each year under a specific theme, concentrating on combined efforts with the aim of reducing the NCD burden globally and increasing health and equality.

World No Tobacco Day (May 31), is a global day that aims to raise awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use and second-hand exposure, and to discourage the use of tobacco in any form. WNTD 2020 focuses on protecting youth from tobacco and related industry manipulation and preventing youth from using tobacco and nicotine products.

Over 400 delegates from 85 countries convened at the third Global NCD Alliance Forum 2020 in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Among those were many young leaders of NCD Child as well as youth advocates from around the world with one common goal, to put youth participation and young people living with NCDs on the global agenda.  

During this week of Global Action on NCDs, five youth health advocates from five countries launch a new podcast to discuss what it is to be affected by chronic conditions and why these conversations are critical, not only in global discourses about universal health coverage and NCDs, but also in our daily lives. Chronicles is a podcast about real people with real stories, having real conversations on health.  In today’s blog, two of the five hosts, Micaela Neumann and Maia Olsen, discuss how a memorable lunch turned into their first experience in podcasting!

Young people under 25 make up 42% of the world's population and mental ill-health is currently the leading cause of disability in young people aged 10 to 24. Yet, young people are least likely to access mental health services due to under detection, lack of awareness and help-seeking, and insufficient priority in policy frameworks. The policy brief created speaks to ways of bridging the mental health support gap, and assist young people to gain access to mental health services at the policy level.

NCD advocate, Joab Wako, walks you through his first time at the World Health Assembly.

Surbhi Shrivastava sheds light on the status of women and girls in NCD prevention and control with a focus on the tobacco industry.

In September 2018, the four 1st place winners of NCD Child's Global Art Contest – coming from India, Romania and the United States – were invited to take part in a side-event organized at the margins of the 73rd United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Our Voices Youths Committee Chair, Victoria, talks about her first time attending the UN General Assembly and the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs.

Margaret shares the growing NCD burden through her lens as a first responder and biomedical student.