Building social capital for fighting chronic diseases.
Good to be here and hope the week is going great.
At Engage Africa Foundation (http://www.engageafricafoundation.org/) we are also a team of young people with an aim to fight chronic diseases on the African continent through health promotion, knowledge sharing as well as leveraging social media increasingly with a strong emphasis on prevention.
I would love to share with you what our organization is doing to raise the profile of NCD issues worldwide.
Recently we started a petition on change.org that aims to draw attention to the underfunding and underestimation of chronic disease on the continent. You can view and sign it here: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/the-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-...
Our vision for this petition is to see big players in global health specifically the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, being the largest funders of global health initiatives make a prominent paradigm shift toward leadership in combatting chronic diseases as a global health priority. While funding is definitely an area that can largely speed up work in the area, this is not simply about funding rather this is a call for visible leadership and equity in priority setting in global health. This is in the light of the current and projected impacts of chronic diseases on global health if kept unchecked.
I hope you will collaborate with us through proactively spreading the word about this petition among your network. We believe that if we are able to call the attention of big players in global health to chronic disease, it will significantly change the attitudes of every other player and will contribute to better leadership and more efficient work for this time-sensitive cause.
The petition can be found here: https://www.change.org/en-CA/petitions/the-bill-and-melinda-gates-foundation-take-a-lead-role-to-curb-the-rising-epidemic-of-non-communicable-diseases
Thank you for making this happen.