No more business-as-usual

Changing Health Care and Politics to Tackle Non-Communicable Diseases

MMS Symposium

The MMS Symposium will address the challenges of tackling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by looking at the determinants of NCDs, the organisation of health care and the role of civil societies. A “business-as-usual” approach won’t suffice. NCDs kill 40 million people each year. NCDs are currently responsible for almost 70% of global deaths.

No more business-as-usual

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The main types of NCDs are cardiovascular disease (like heart attacks and stroke), cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. There are ongoing challenges in addressing NCDs at the international and national level including: a lack of resourcing of key initiatives; weak multisectoral coordination; disparities between the existence of policies and operational plans to address NCDs and their implementation, particularly in the area of unhealthy diet; lack of routine population-based surveillance; inadequate provision of NCD treatment and management for NCDs and poor targeting of screening programmes.

Governments must step up to achieve NCDs targets, embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals and the World Health Assembly resolutions. Millions of people can be spared from developing and living with an NCD if governments transform their commitments into action with the support of the international community, the private sector and civil society.

An important milestone for political momentum will be the UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018, which provides a crucial opportunity to take stock on progress at global and national levels.

The MMS Symposium will explore the following questions:
•    How can we tackle social determinates in the fight against and prevention of NCDs?
•    How can organisations active in international health cooperation strengthen their work?

Detailled programme will follow.

For more information please contact Mr. Martin Leschhorn