Women Deliver President Jill Sheffield calls for focus on women in fight against chronic diseases

17 SEPTEMBER 2012 – With world leaders returning to the United Nations General Assembly in New York to renew commitments made the year before to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Jill Sheffield, President of PMNCH member organization, Women Deliver has called for women to be at the heart of these efforts.

In a special blog series published in the Huffington Post to mark the first anniversary of the UN NCDs Summit she joined Nalini Saligram, the founder of Arogya World, a U.S. non-profit organization working to reduce the global impact of chronic diseases, to deliver the message: “When women survive, their families, communities and nations thrive.”

“In the spirit of UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's ‘Every Woman, Every Child’ initiative, which aims to save the lives of 16 million women and children by 2015, we ask for a focus on women as countries build NCD action plans. We must seize this unprecedented global movement to improve policy and services on the ground for the most vulnerable women and children. Because when you take care of women, women take care of their children and indeed the whole world.”