2011 is going to be a turning point for making non-communicable diseases (NCDs) prevention/control a priority on the global agenda. The UN Summit on Non-Communicable Diseases will take place on September 19-20th, 2011 in New York, and will bring together UN Member States along with representation from the civil society to hammer out a global plan to respond to the growing threat of NCDs.
(More references: This recent review article summarizes the elements needed for a context-specific national NCD policy. The Lancet also had a series in November 2010 regarding NCD intervention strategies.)
To help the cause: The NCD Alliance has put together a summary on how to get involved. There’s also a dynamic web-based group of young professionals focused on chronic disease issues.