Keeping health and chronic diseases high on the political agenda: European Chronic Disease Alliance launches manifesto for greater EU action and investment in NCDs

In cooperation with several Members of the European Parliament, the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA), which is currently chaired by Raymond Vanholder under the Presidency of the European Kidney Health Alliance (EKHA), launched a manifesto calling for increased EU investment in chronic disease prevention and management in the agenda of the next European Commission 2019-2024.

The manifesto was launched in the context of the upcoming United Nations High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases in September 2018 and anticipated political changes in the European Commission in 2019.
It calls on the Commission to recognise health as an objective in its own right in its next strategy, with specific targets on chronic diseases; and to allocate the necessary resources to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which all Member States and the EU have committed to reach by 2030. The manifesto outlines four priority actions to deliver on the SDGs in the EU and to ensure robust, effective and innovative EU leadership in health:

  • A structured EU framework on chronic diseases
  • A fuller focus on health and tackling NCDs within the European Union ‘Sustainable Europe’ Strategy
  • Better targeting of funding and investment by the EU in respect to tackling chronic diseases
  • A European Chronic Disease Awareness Day

The ECDA invites interested organisations to support and disseminate the manifesto to send a strong message that the health of Europeans deserves the European Union’s attention.

The manifesto and accompanying background document “Good health is a sine qua non for the EU” are available here. Highlights of the launch event, organised in the European Parliament in Brussels can be found here.
For more information and to endorse the manifesto, contact the ECDA Secretariat: