ISE joins the NCD Alliance

ISE joins the NCD Alliance

The International Society of Endocrinology is pleased to announce its full membership to the NCD Alliance (NCDA), in order to accelerate political commitment and action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide, including all endocrine related disorders. The NCDA is a global civil society organization active in more than 170 countries, dedicated to improving NCD prevention and control worldwide.

Prof. André Lacroix, ISE Chairperson says:

We are delighted to join the NCD Alliance and work with colleagues from other disease communities to keep the pressure on United Nations Member States and governments to ensure NCDs, including diabetes, but also all other endocrine related disorders, get the attention they deserve. Our membership will help us building strategic alliances with other partners focusing on co-morbidities and common causes.

Founded in 2009, the NCD Alliance has developed a robust global network of more than 2,000 organisations in 170 countries. This includes global NGOs, scientific and professional associations, academic and research institutions, private sector entities and dedicated individuals. NCDA maintains strategic relations with the World Health Organization, UN and governments, putting it at the forefront of elevating NCDs onto the global health and development agenda. They are a recognized global thought leader on NCD policy and practice, a convener of the civil society movement, a partner to governments and UN agencies, and an advocate for people at risk of or living with NCDs.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are now widely recognized as a major challenge to health and sustainable human development in the 21st century. NCDs are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide, responsible for 68% of global mortality. This figure is projected to reach 74% by 2030, exacting a heavy and growing toll on the health and economic security of all countries. Increasingly, it is low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) and the poorest and most vulnerable populations which are hardest hit by these largely preventable diseases.

(Source: World Health Organization. Projections of mortality and causes of death, 2015 and 2030. Online database ‘WHO Regions’ accessed 28 October 2016:

The primary focus of the global NCD response has been on the four major diseases – namely cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases – and four risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol – identified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the UN as those responsible for the greatest burden. There is, however, a range of diseases and conditions – including endocrine related, that are linked to the four most prominent NCDs.

Through this membership, ISE hopes to engage in global health discussions at the highest level, build strategic alliances and advocate for more important political attention; more research on causes and treatment; more education of health professionals and ultimately, improvement of patient care for people living with endocrine disorders.

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