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NCD Alliance responds to Iona Heath

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4896
  1. Jean-Claude Mbanya, president1,
  2. Sidney C Smith, president2,
  3. Eduardo Cazap, president3,
  4. S B Squire, president4
  1. 1International Diabetes Federation, B-1170 Brussels, Belgium
  2. 2World Heart Federation, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland
  3. 3Union for International Cancer Control, 1207 Geneva, Switzerland
  4. 4International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, 75006 Paris, France
  1. johanna.ralston{at}

Congratulations for including perspectives on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in a recent issue of the BMJ, in preparation for September’s high level summit at the United Nations.1 This summit is a rare opportunity to bring together heads of state and governments to shape a global response to one of the most pressing health and development issues of the 21st century.

The NCD Alliance (NCDA) was one of the earliest voices calling for such a summit, and has been central to preparations for this unprecedented event. The alliance comprises four international federations (International Diabetes Federation, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, Union for International Cancer Control, and the World Heart Federation), world leaders in the fight against cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes, as well as 900 member associations and 350 …

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