European Chronic Disease Alliance
ESMO is a Founding Member of the European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA). The European Chronic Disease Alliance members represent over 100,000 health professionals and address heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, kidney disease, cancers, respiratory and liver diseases.
The European Chronic Disease Alliance has a vision of a Europe free of preventable chronic diseases. Its mission is to reverse the alarming rise in chronic disease by providing leadership and policy recommendations based on contemporary evidence.
The Alliance is lobbying for immediate political action at the European level, because chronic non-communicable diseases affect more than one-third of the population of Europe – over 100 million citizens - and account for 86% of deaths in the WHO European Region.
In 2010 the European Chronic Disease Alliance members united to publish a joint paper on prevention called the ECDA White Paper on Chronic Disease. The main focus of the paper is the prevention of non-communicable diseases by addressing common risk factors, which are tobacco use, poor nutrition, physical inactivity and alcohol consumption.
Recognising that not all disease can be prevented, the European Chronic Disease Alliance carefully considered how to improve the organisation of health care and the necessity of biomedical research in the EU. This resulted in the European Chronic Disease Alliance input to the European Reflection Process on Chronic Diseases in 2012, and four Annexes to the paper outlining specific policy recommendations at the EU Member State level.
ESMO has contributed significantly to the Alliance and has organized a Joint Session on Chronic Diseases at the ESMO 2010 Congress and published and editorial in Annals of Oncology editorial on chronic diseases and cancer and a second editorial on cancer prevention and lifestyle choices in the Public Service Review-European Union
To centralise and coordinate its efforts, the Alliance has established its own website, alliancechronicdiseases.org, where updates on new initiatives can be found.