C3 Collaborating for Health

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C3 Collaborating for Health[1] is a global, not-for-profit non-governmental organisation, based in London, that exists to find solutions to fight the epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

The C3 approach[edit]

C3’s focus is on the main risk factorstobacco use, physical inactivity, and poor diet (including the harmful use of alcohol) – which between them cause the majority of many of the major NCDs – cardiovascular disease (heart disease and stroke), type 2 diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancers.

C3's work[edit]

The United Nations Political Declaration on NCDs (September 2011)[2] calls for a 'whole of society' approach to tackling NCDs. To this end, C3 works with a range of organisations that affect public health and prevention of NCDs, including health professionals and local community leaders, businesses, NGOs, researchers, planners and young people.

  • Health professionals and local communities: Health professionals, local health advocates and researchers are well placed to use their knowledge and evidence to change attitudes and promote health and wellbeing throughout communities.
  • Working with businesses: Businesses can develop their core activities to provide a wider range of healthy options for consumers and employee, creating an environment in which it is easier to make healthy choices.
  • Workplace health: The workplace offers opportunities to help the working-age population – and, through them, their families and wider communities – to live healthier lives.
  • Bringing together the many people and organisations that can influence health - e.g. through regular International Breakfast Seminars.
  • Raising awareness of issues such as the 'early origins of health' (the first 1,000 days of life).


C3 has produced a number of reports (e.g. on the benefits of physical activity for health) and also raises awareness of the importance of tackling NCDs and the risk factors through other media, e.g.:

  • letters on cycling in The Times[3] and walking in The Economist;[4]
  • journal articles, e.g. in Globalization and Health,[5] Nursing Education Today, and the Nursing Standard.

Further information[edit]

C3 was founded in 2009 by Christine Hancock, former general secretary of the Royal College of Nursing and past president of the International Council of Nurses. C3 is a registered charity (no. 1135930) and a company limited by guarantee (no. 6941278), registered in England and Wales.


  1. ^ http://www.c3health.org accessed 27 July 2012
  2. ^ "Political declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases". undocs.org. United Nations. 16 September 2011. Annex. A/66/L.1. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  3. ^ 14 July 2012 http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/opinion/letters/article3475119.ece accessed 27 July 2012 (requires subscription).
  4. ^ 28 January 2012 http://www.economist.com/node/21543466 accessed 27 July 2012.
  5. ^ C. Hancock, L. Kingo and O. Raynaud, 'The private sector, international development and NCDs', Globalization and Health 7:23 (July 2011) http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/7/1/23 accessed 27 July 2012.