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AIDS, NCDs, and the ABCs of Organizing

The battle against AIDS is not over, but, thanks to the community of activists who raised the alarm decades ago, we know that it can be won. Elements of the AIDS movement's success could be applied to help bring non-communicable diseases under control.

GENEVA – Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease, are responsible for 70% of all deaths. There is incontrovertible evidence that tobacco use, inactivity, unhealthy diets, and excessive alcohol consumption increase the odds of dying prematurely from an NCD.