Gloria Sangiwa, Global Technical Lead for Chronic Diseases, Invited to Co-Chair the Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases and Women’s Health

Gloria Sangiwa, MD, Senior Director of Technical Quality and Innovation and Global Technical Lead for Chronic Diseases at Management Sciences for Health, will join Mychelle Farmer MD, Senior Non-Communicable Disease Advisor at JHPIEGO as co-chair of the Task Force on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Women’s Health.

The Task Force on NCDs and Women’s Health was launched in 2011 to respond to the unique and growing burden of non-communicable diseases on women in low- and middle-income countries by mobilizing leadership, expanding technical expertise, and disseminating evidence to inform policymaking, planning, and services. Comprised of sixteen global health organizations, the task force is working together to distribute evidence-based technical information on NCD prevention, detection, and treatment. The group mobilizes health leaders and civil society to advocate for a gender-specific and resource-specific response to NCDs in women.

Since 2011, the task force has advocated for a strengthened global response to NCDs in women through various events, such as high-level panels at the 2012 International AIDS Society (IAS) meeting and the 2013 Women Deliver Conference. Also in 2013, the group published “Recommendations towards an integrated, life-course approach to women’s health in the post-2015 agenda,” in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization. Moving forward, task force members will continue to encourage the integration of NCD prevention, treatment, and care into existing programs and services for women through the publication of technical tools and briefs as well as ongoing global and country-level advocacy work.

Organization members of the task force include the American Cancer Society, American Diabetes Association, Family Care International, FHI 360, the GAVI Alliance, the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, International Planned Parenthood Federation, Jhpiego, MSH, Partners in Health, the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, PATH, PSI, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Women Deliver, and the World Heart Federation. 

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