Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease and diabetes, are the #1 cause of death and disability around the world. More than 70 percent of deaths worldwide are attributable to NCDs, with this percentage only expected to increase by 2025. Since 2011, when the United Nations issued its Political Declaration on NCD Prevention and Control NCDs, the ACC has been working with national and global health stakeholders to reduce the prevalence of NCDs and minimize the very real economic and social threats they pose to the entire world.

Navigating Real Solutions

The ACC, working with its International Chapters, partner cardiovascular societies and other stakeholders, is committed to bring the latest education and research to cardiovascular professionals in countries and regions around the world. Learn more about the College’s on-the-ground solutions to addressing the NCD epidemic:

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Collaborating With Stakeholders

The ACC partners with the NCD Alliance and the World Heart Federation around global NCD efforts. The ACC also recently became a member of the GCM on NCDs. Nationally, the ACC also partners with and is a member of the NCD Roundtable.

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ACC Members in Action: Thomas A. Gaziano, MD, FACC, Speaks at the WHF World Congress of Cardiology and CV Health Congress
ACC Members in Action

On Dec. 7, Thomas A. Gaziano, MD, FACC, spoke at the NCD Alliance NCD Café session, Joining Forces: Building Strong Health Systems Through Inter-Professional Collaboration For Effective NCD Responses, during the World Heart Federation World Congress of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Health in Dubai.

The session described how the health workforce is facing the challenge to answer increasingly complex health issues in fragmented health systems, in particular for NCDs. Gaziano noted that to fully implement effective measures to prevent and treat NCDs, health systems will need to be based on a solid primary health care (PHC), offering continuous care across interdisciplinary health care providers with a life-course approach.

The objectives of the session were to: highlight the importance of integrated approaches to support effective PHC for NCDs in the context of Universal Health Coverage, in particular in the UAE; stress the importance of teaming up the different professional health communities and promote their continuous professional development to manage NCD care more effectively; and explore opportunities and platforms to foster collaboration among doctors, nurses, psychologists, dentists, pharmacists and more.

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