Tackling Chronic Disease as a Social Justice Issue
Working to Prevent and Treat Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries
Sunny created the world's first and largest network of young health professionals focused on the leading causes of death—chronic, non-communicable diseases. The Young Professionals Chronic Disease Network (YP-CDN) is a social innovation that has developed a new model of knowledge creation and management, with diffusion of ideas across 5,000 network members in 150 countries.
The ideas have resulted in the first-ever Youth Manifesto on Non-Communicable Diseases. They have also been presented in public forums, including the United Nations General Assembly, the World Health Organization, and the Institute of Medicine, as well as TEDMED. The YP-CDN has trained 10 global scholars from India, Rwanda, Kenya, and Nigeria in partnership with the American Cancer Society to promote health equity for resource-poor populations in local settings.