The Time for Action is Now
On December 11, 2017 Dr. Tom Frieden spoke at the Second Global NCD Alliance Forum in Sharjah, UAE. He participated in a plenary presentation about equipping civil society to fulfill its role in the NCD response, where he strongly voiced the need for action. He explained the cost to treat 500 million people for high blood pressure is $1 billion a year, which is how much we currently pay every DAY to address the medical costs of global hypertension. There are effective, scalable solutions to address the burden of NCDs, and civil society plays a key role in their implementation.