When we think of global health challenges we tend to think of communicable diseases first. Malaria, pneumonia, and HIV/AIDs, for example, are always top of mind. But what about noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer?
In September 2011, the UN General Assembly came to a consensus for the first time to fight noncommunicable diseases on a global scale. With the recognition that noncommunicable diseases are just as important to reduce in developing countries NGOs and nonprofits are following suit to raise awareness and funds to drastically decrease the rate of these diseases.
Participant Media, an entertainment company whose films include An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., The Cove, Waiting for “Superman,” The Help, and Lincoln, recently created a 30-minute documentary about breast and cervical cancer for Komen International (Susan G. Komen for the Cure’s new global division). The documentary, United in Hope: A Global Journey (created through a grant from Merck), shows the lives of three cancer survivors in three different developing countries: Zambia, Mexico, and Bosnia. You might be shocked to learn that 60% of cancer deaths occur in the developing world according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer. United for Hope takes you into the lives of three women who face diagnosis, treatment, and their cancer outcomes in a income poor country.
You can watch the full 30-minute documentary below.
How can you help?
- Visit the Campaign Page for Susan G. Komen International: http://komen.org/international
- Text KOMEN to 77177 to receive updates
- Make a donation to The Global Promise Fund, a program of Susan G. Komen for the Cure:
- Take the pledge to watch and share the film: http://www.takepart.com/actions/united-hope-your-key-helping-end-breast-and-cervical-cancer