In an ageing world, non communicable diseases (NCDs), or diseases that distinguished by their non-infectious cause, are gaining an ever-increasing prominence in international public health.  According to the World Health Organization, the four main NCDs – cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes – kill three in five people worldwide today and affect every country, with particular harm done to developing nations.  As the world ages over the next few decades, cases of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and other NCDs are expected to grow, giving added urgency to for the need to take global steps to against these epidemics.

Over the last few months, IAHSA has supported the work of the NCD Alliance to bring together a meeting of global leaders to lay out plans to take action on these diseases.  This meeting will be sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and is scheduled to take place this coming September in New York City, USA.  However, IAHSA members can support the work done by the NCD Alliance today by contributing  to the World Health Organization’s online consultation form.    This contribution aims to  ensure that political leaders commit their attendance to the Meeting and agree to a needed plan to manage NCDs.  The NCD Alliance is thus urging all members to fill out the WHO questionnaire and 1. submit their own ideas, 2. include the ten points the NCD Alliance has suggested below, 3. attach the two documents that follow them, and 4. send a copy of your submission to

Ten Points to Support:

1. Commit to a whole-of-government response through costed national plans for NCD prevention and treatment

2. Establish an NCDs Partnership, linked to WHO, to coordinate follow up action with member states, other UN and multilateral agencies, foundations, NGOs and private sector

3. Increase national and international resources for NCD prevention and treatment

4. Include NCDs in future global health and development goals

5. Accelerate implementation of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC)

6. Reduce dietary salt, sugar, saturated and trans-fats and harmful use of alcohol

7. Implement strategies to encourage physical activity and improve diet

8. Strengthen health systems through integration of NCD prevention and treatment

9. Increase access to affordable, quality-assured essential medicines and technologies to prevent and treat cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes, including vaccines and palliative care

10.  Establish a high level Accountability Commission on NCDs with cross sector representation to monitor Summit commitments


NCD Alliance outcomes priorities

Lancet and NCD Alliance priority NCD interventions