IOF signs Open Letter to government leaders

From promises to progress on Health for All: NCD Alliance and 130 organizations around the world, send Open Letter to Governments ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage

Most countries are failing on commitments to reduce premature deaths from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by one-third by 2030. Ahead of the UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage, IOF joined 130 organizations in signing the NCD Alliance’s Open Letter to Heads of State, calling for urgent action to deliver change.

Every year 41 million people die from NCDs. Almost two-thirds of NCD deaths are linked to tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and air pollution. These are also factors which are harmful to musculoskeletal health or increase osteoporosis risk.

The Open Letter makes a call to country leaders for greater commitment to acting on promises to ensure progress on NCDs, universal health coverage, and the sustainable development goals, saying:

The High-Level Meeting on UHC should be a transformative moment for every single country, every person on earth. UHC is the single most powerful tool you have to improve lives, ensure fairness and stability, create opportunities for growth and to reach the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will fail if you are not prepared to invest. You must go beyond promises.”

Download the Open Letter and visit the NCD Alliance website to learn more about the global fight against NCDs.