As the United Nations hosted a Sustainable Development Goals summit in New York City this week, a group gathered nearby to urge the world to focus on women’s health.
“We must continue to sound the alarm,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association and moderator of Friday evening’s program, “Women & The New Sustainable Development Goals – Why Non-communicable Diseases Matter.”
Currently, 38 million people live with noncommunicable diseases – heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease chief among them – and the number is expected to grow.
“Women are uniquely affected by non-communicable diseases as patients, mothers and caregivers,” said Brown. “Helping women address non-communicable diseases can improve not only their health, but the health of their children, husbands, brothers, fathers and entire communities.”