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October 2009: important changes
   
 

The Oxford Health Alliance was established in 2004, and has made significant progress in raising awareness of the importance of chronic disease prevention globally, through annual summits and through specific projects and initiatives.

Among its most important achievements are:

  • annual summits, including a summit hosted by OxHA’s Asia-Pacific centre, in Sydney, Australia;
  • the Community Interventions for Health research-and-action initiative, which now has four pilot, fully-funded sites around the world. Baseline data-gathering is complete, and interventions have begun. The initiative has a dedicated website, www.cih.net, hosted on the 3FOUR50 website;
  • the creation and administration of the 3FOUR50 interactive website, including fortnightly video news, blogs, photos and video content from users of the site, and Fit City, an online competition for young people. The site also provides a platform for communication between the global sites of the new UnitedHealth/NHLBI Chronic Disease Initiative, as detailed in The Lancet, June 2009 - click here >> to read the article (requires log-in);
  • OxHA’s ‘Grand Challenges in Chronic Non-communicable Diseases’, which laid the groundwork for the formation of a new Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases, a process coordinated by Professor Stig Pramming. The GACD has, for the first time, seen six of the major government funders of medical research pledge to work to increase funding for chronic diseases, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. Professor David Matthews is currently the interim coordinating director under the chairmanship of Professor Abdallah Daar;
  • policy and advocacy work in workplaces, with businesses and young people, covering economics and urban design. This work, publications and records of Summits can be seen throughout this website. Networks have been established, working with the World Economic Forum, food, insurance, pharmaceutical companies; health and fitness companies and major international NGOs.

Following these achievements, OxHA is now pleased to announce a new coordinating director, Professor David Matthews, and changes that will enable significant further progress in all these key areas.

The Oxford Health Alliance will continue to be an umbrella organisation while a number of independent areas of work, research and activity will be taken forward as described below:

  • The policy/advocacy work will be taken forward by former OxHA director, Christine Hancock, who has formed a new organisation, C3 Collaborating for Health, that will work with OxHA, focusing, in particular, on partnering with businesses to create a healthier society for employees and customers, engaging with the world’s 13 million nurses in chronic-disease prevention, and encouraging the sharing of best practice and collaborate on solutions. C3 will be based in Margaret Street, London, with initial funding from Novo Nordisk, among others.
  • OxHA will continue to hold annual summits and in 2010 the Summit will be organised by C3 in New Delhi on 19 and 20 April.
  • The CIH initiative will continue to be led by the team at MATRIX Public Health Solutions (New Haven). The pilot sites have funding for three years from the PepsiCo Foundation.
  • Professor David Matthews, OxHA’s new coordinating director, will continue to support the work of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases. The GACD will meet in New Delhi on 6 and 7 November 2009 (www.gafcd.org).
  • The 3FOUR50 website is run by JooseTV and staff of C3.
  • The OxHA Asia-Pacific Centre has been instrumental in formulating the Sydney Resolution, and continues to be active under the leadership of A/Prof. Ruth Colagiuri.

For more information

  • C3 Collaborating for Health: Christine Hancock [email]
  • OxHA: David Matthews [email]
  • 3FOUR50: Eddie McCaffrey [email]
  • Community Interventions for Health: Denise Stevens [email]
  • Global Alliance on Chronic Diseases: David Matthews [email]
  • Asia-Pacific Centre: Ruth Colagiuri [email]