Open Letter to President Obama

More Diabetes Daily Aug 8, 2011, 3:58 pm

This letter was hand-delivered to the White House last week. 

August 2, 2011

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 people with diabetes, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that by 2050, US prevalence will rise to as many as one in three Americans. EVERY one of us knows someone tou … Read the Rest

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