A Letter to President Barack Obama

More A Sweet Life Aug 4, 2011, 1:58 pm

President  Barack  Obama

The  White  House

1600  Pennsylvania  Ave  NW

Washington,  DC  20500

Dear  Mr.  President:  

We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, request that you attend the United Nations High-­Level Summit on Non-­Communicable Diseases (NCD) in September to push for better health for all of those living with diabetes.

This September, you and your fellow political leaders will have a once-­in-­a-­generation opportunity to halt a global epidemic that is killing and disabling millions of people, impoverishing families, and undermining economic progress. The UN NCD Summit is a chance for the Government of the United States of America to play a leading global role in confronting this major threat to the health, prosperity and security of all of us and future generations.

Together, the four major NCDs – diabetes, cancer, heart disease and chronic respiratory disease – are the world’s number one killer. It is estimated that some 35 million people die from NCDs each year,  and 14 million of these deaths could be averted or delayed. Diabetes alone creates a huge burden – over 300 million people worldwide have diabetes now, and that figure will reach half a billion within a generation if we do not act now. One dollar in every eight spent across the world on healthcare last year went on diabetes – a staggering USD378 billion in total. No country rich or poor is immune from the impact. In the US alone, there are 25.8 million

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