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Welcome to the European Society of Cardiology. Our mission: to reduce the burden of cardiovascular disease in Europe

European Chronic Disease Alliance (ECDA)

In an unprecedented alliance, 10 not-for-profit, science-based European organisations, representing over 100,000 health professionals, have joined forces to reverse the rise in chronic non-communicable diseases.

The Alliance puts the case for immediate political action at European level, as chronic non-communicable diseases affect more than a third of the population of Europe – over 100 million citizens.

The evidence is overwhelming for tackling the four major risk factors: tobacco, poor nutrition, lack of physical activity and alcohol.

Read the policy paper European Chronic Disease Alliance : A Unified Prevention Approach

Recent activities
Apr 2014 EU Summit on Chronic Diseases: ECDA Letter to Commissioner Borg
Nov 2013EConDA (Economics of Chronic Diseases) Project new website
The European Society of Cardiology, together with other ECDA members, are partners in the project.
May 2013

The European Society of Cardiology supports the European Chronic Disease Alliance open letter to EU Commission President José Manuel Barroso calling for EU political action on chronic diseases

Feb 2012The European Chronic Disease Alliance publishes a collective document to feed in the "reflection process on chronic diseases" specifically called for in the Council conclusions of 7 December 2010 on “Innovative approaches for chronic diseases in public health and health care systems”.
Sept 2011The European Parliament adopts a Motion for a Resolution on European Union position and commitment in advance to the UN high-level meeting on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases
Sept 2011ECDA calls on European Heads of State and Governments to show leadership in the fight against non communicable diseases. Read the ECDA statement
Oct 2010Heart, kidney, diabetes and cancer groups in the European Parliament support the work of the European Chronic Disease Alliance
Read the press release
Oct 2010The European Chronic Disease Alliance wins European Health Award 2010