Global Health Council, Inc.

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Seventy-second World Health Assembly (A72/1)
Agenda Item: 
- Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

GHC, supported by NCD Child, Partners In Health, RTI International, and the International Federation of Psoriasis Associations, welcomes the report on the follow-up to the Political Declaration on NCDs. We support WHO’s collaboration with non-state actors to achieve SDG3.4 targets and the commitment to multisectoral accountability.

We encourage WHO and member states to adhere to principles to “leave no one behind”, in relation to child/adolescent health, gender equity, and poverty reduction. WHO prioritizes premature deaths of ages 30-70, but commitments cannot be met until all ages are included. We support the expansion to a 5x5 framework to include commitments to reduce air pollution and promote mental health. We also ask member states to acknowledge chronic, debilitating, and life-long NCDs and injuries that continue to sit outside that framework, such as psoriasis, arthritis, sickle cell disease, and trauma. Accountability and new funding is required to expand NCD/UHC services to advance health-in-all policies for community wellness and respond to the NCD disease burden across the full life course, at all levels of the health system.

UHC and NCDs are a mutually reinforcing agenda. About 100 million people are pushed into extreme poverty every year due to out-of-pocket payments for health care - much of which is due to NCDs. We encourage member states to implement WHO Best Buys and other country-led priorities and cost-effective NCD interventions. This is only possible by enhancing international, regional, and national cooperation; improving financial risk protection to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses at the point of service delivery; expanding social protection schemes, and by exploring multisectoral solutions and public-private partnerships while excluding real and perceived conflicts of interest.

A UHC framework inclusive of NCDs offers a chance to build durable, high-quality health systems and financing mechanisms that ensures health for all.