Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes are the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Despite their heavy and growing burden, however, NCDs remain under-appreciated issues in health agenda, attracting less than 2% of all global health funding.
In this article in the Journal of Global Health Perspectives, Dr. Luke Allen of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Population Health explores why NCDs gain so little attention from the global health community and raises discussion about making progress toward bridging this financing-burden gap.
The Young Professionals Chronic Diseases Network (YP-CDN) organized a Non-communicable Disease (NCD) Symposium to launch the NextGen Leaders for NCDs East Africa Workshop -- a training program in collaboration with RTI International and the University of Nairobi to prepare the next generation of NCD leaders in health policy and advocacy, on September 9th, 2016 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. The main thematic areas covered at the symposium included - NCDs landscape in East Africa, Concerns and priorities of youth across the East African Region, Solutions to improve availability and affordability of essential medicines for NCDs, and Financing for NCDs in East Africa.
“If we want to change the NCD landscape in Africa, we need to start with ourselves”. - Dr. Joseph Kibachio, Director of NCDs, Ministry of Health Kenya
“Financing for NCDs is a very important donor issue”. - Dr. Rachel Nugent, Vice President (NCDs), RTI International
“We need political will and commitment to fight NCDs”. - Emma Wanyonyi, International Institute For Legislative Affairs KenyaRead more
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