Contact your government, record a video message, write a blog
Embrace the power of the pen (& keyboard)
Write a letter - by post or email - to your Minister of Health / Foreign Affairs / Finance / Development to discuss your priorities on health and NCDs encouraging governments to take more meaningful action on NCDs. You can also check out our tip sheet for writing.
You might like to draw information from the stakeholder actions in the campaign theme section of this website.
Who could you contact?
- The Prime Minister or President, key advisers and staff;
- Minister of Foreign Affairs or Development, key advisers and staff;
- Minister of Health, including NCD focal points and key advisers;
- Minister of Finance, key advisers and staff;
- Members of government task forces or committees on health and development related issues;
- Your country’s UN Missions in New York and Geneva;
- Politicians and policy officials in related ministries required for policy coherence, such as finance, education, environment, trade, transport, agriculture;
- Influencers – such as parliamentarians, civil society leaders, healthcare professionals, donors, business leaders, opinion leaders, and the media.
Write a Blog or OpEd
The NCD Alliance has a blog and welcomes well written submissions from its members. (Get in touch here). Other members of our network also have blogs and you may be able to submit writing on a theme related to their focus of work.
Alternatively, pitch a story, write a letter to the editor or an op-ed for a local or national paper – and don’t forget to let us know when it’s published.
More momentum building actions
Endorse the Global Charter on Meaningful Involvement of People Living with NCDs: The Global Charter was launched during this year's Global Week for Action on NCDs and is open for organisational endorsements.
Link up & cross-fertilise: Do you work in another sector, such as HIV, environment, women, men, nutrition, children, ageing, mental health, poverty reduction, education, trade… and can see how your work impacts NCDs and how NCDs impact your field? Show those links through communication and advocacy. Reach out to others to start a conversation on how you might be able to work together to achieve common objectives. See our useful resource: NCDs across the SDGs.
Promote the ACT on NCDs campaign in your country. Visual resources are available for you to use in several languages, as are campaign priorities, and we can help you with template press releases. See the Act on NCDs Brand Guidelines.
Encourage thought leaders, influencers, and decision makers in your community to consider becoming NCD champions. If you are interested in nominating a champion, please contact us!
Record a video message and share via social media. Tell the world how NCDs have impacted you and why world leaders must take action now. ‘Vox pop’ interviews are typically succinct, pertinent and powerful, ideally no more than 60 seconds in length. It can be shared on YouTube, Twitter or Facebook. Contact us if you would like us to consider sharing through NCDA and network channels. If you have some video producing skills, try adding the ACT on NCDs logo.
Share intelligence, achievements and feedback with the NCD Alliance on your discussions with your government on integrating NCDs into their activities domestically and internationally. Contact the NCDA.
Need more ideas? Check out the pages below: