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Jawaher extols NCD organisations
By a staff reporter December 13, 2017
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SHARJAH: Her Highness Sheikha Jawaher Bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Patron of the Global Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Alliance, Founder and Patron of Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP), International Ambassador for the World Cancer Declaration of the Union for International Cancer Control and International Ambassador for Childhood Cancer, has concluded the second edition of the Global NCDA Forum by acknowledging some of the NCD organisations that have contributed most to their causes.

The first Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah in 2015, produced the ‘Sharjah Declaration’, a commitment to accelerate action by advocating for change, increasing accountability and monitoring progress. Since then, NCD civil societies have been actively working to fulfil those commitments in the ‘Sharjah Declaration’ and results have been collated in the ‘NCD Civil Society Atlas’ which was launched earlier today.

The Sharjah Awards in Excellence in Non-communicable Diseases are presented to the NCD alliances with initiatives featured in the Atlas, which documents 38 case studies and programmes collected from national and regional NCD alliances around the world. The categories are awareness, accountability, advocacy and access.

In announcing the winners, Sheikha Jawaher said: “I would like to commend the initiatives and innovative campaigns that receive these awards, but also recognise the inspirational efforts of all those who seek to reduce the incidence of NCDs across the world. For every civil society that contributes to the NCD community, there is extra hope and more resources. And every individual helping hand is the starting place for a new group of people to ultimately make a national, regional and global impact.”

The winner in the category of ‘Awareness’ was the Tanzanian NCD Alliance for its initiative “Creating a Journalists” Forum to Raise Awareness on NCDs’. Recipient of the ‘Accountability’ award was The East African NCD Alliance (EANCDA) for its initiative “Benchmarking to Track and Advance Regional NCD Action”. ‘Advocacy’ winner was the Healthy Latin American Coalition (CLAS) for their initiative “Rapid Regional Response to Strengthen and Defend National NCD Policies in Latin America” and the award winner in the category “Access” was the Healthy Caribbean Coalition for its initiative “Building Civil Society Capacity to Improve Access to Cancer Services for Underserved Populations”.

Having held the highly successful inaugural edition and influenced global agendas on NCDs in 2015, this year Sharjah-based Friends of Cancer Patients (FoCP) welcomed more than 350 delegates and 80 expert speakers including scientists, medical pioneers, support groups, NGOs and civil societies from 68 countries across five continents such as Kenya, Mexico, the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Brazil, Jordon, India, Zanzibar and many others.

Before the conclusion of the event, Sheikha Jawaher was presented with a plaque of appreciation for her ongoing patronage and support of the NCD Alliance.

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