NCDs - the story so far
As a result of the increasing number of people suffering with chronic disease, the issue has gained attention from the global community. WHO has developed a Global Strategy on NCDs and in September 2011, a United Nations (UN) High-Level Meeting was held on NCDs. IAPO attended this meeting and as well as participating in a roundtable discussion, delivered a statement on NCDs calling for urgent action.
At the High-Level Meeting, a political declaration on NCDs was adopted, which sets out a global mandate for action against NCDs.
Read more about IAPO's advocacy at the UN High-Level Meeting
Since the High-Level Meeting, WHO has been developing its strategy on NCDs. The first area of this strategy is the Global Action Plan on NCDs (GAP). The GAP sets out the strategy to reduce the overall mortality rate from NCDs. In 2012, the World Health Assembly adopted a target to reduce mortality from NCDs by 25% by 2025. The GAP outlines the strategy towards achieving this target. IAPO has responded to two consultations on this, one in 2012 and another in 2013.
The second area of the NCD strategy is the global monitoring framework (GMF). The GMF sets out the framework for monitoring the progress towards acheiving the 25% target through a set of indicators and targets. IAPO has responded to two WHO consultations on the GMF in April 2012 and October 2012.
The third area is on multisectoral action. This sets outs how WHO will partner with other UN agencies, governments and healthcare stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to implement the NCD strategy. IAPO has responded to a WHO consultation on multisectoral action.
At the UN High-Level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Dieases in September 2011, IAPO published it's Statement on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. In the Statement, IAPO welcomed action to address to address a broad range of NCDs and called on the all stakeholders to involve patients in NCD strategies.
Read IAPO's Statement on the Prevention and Control of NCDs
Since the High-Level Meeting, IAPO has responded to WHO consultations on the NCD strategy and made statements at the World Health Assembly. Read more on the consultations below.
In all of its NCD advocacy work, IAPO outlines:
- The importance of the full and active participation of patients in all strategies to prevent and manage NCDs
- That NCDs are a public health issue and are a major socio-economic challenge to development
- That access to affordable, quality healthcare is essential to managing NCDs
IAPO comments on WHO's Global Action Plan on NCDs (first consultation)
IAPO comments on WHO's Global Action Plan on NCDs (second consultation)
IAPO comments on WHO's discussion paper on multi-sectoral action on NCDs
IAPO comments on WHO's discussion paper on the global monitoring framework (first consultation)
IAPO comments on WHO's discussion paper on the global monitoring framework (second consultation)