Joint paper - Towards an EU Strategic Framework for the Prevention of Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
Last update: 05/03/2021
With diabetes as one of the major chronic disease, we joined forces with the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), European Public Health Alliance (EPHA), and Non-Communicable Diseases Alliance (NCDA) and published a Joint Paper to advance firm action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by establishing an EU Strategic Framework for the Prevention of NCDs towards 2030.
The paper sets out principles, priorities, and actions to tackle the 21st century’s foremost health threat. In Europe, chronic diseases are responsible for over 85% of all deaths and affect nearly 1/4 of the working-age population, which means €700 billion for treatment, annually and a loss of €115 billion/year due to premature mortality.
Thus, immediate EU action on chronic diseases could help save 2 million lives by 2025. The 2019-2024 term is an opportunity to act and address main risk factors, largely preventable.
"Disease prevention is a fundamental component of sustainable development, economic growth and a healthy society. As we are entering in a new clycle of EU political leadership, an EU Strategic Framework for NCD Prevention would guide and articulate existing and future initiatives in the field, while being an additional concrete example of the EU added value in health". - Prof. Em. Raymond Vanholder, President, European Chronic Disease Alliance.