Over 41 million premature deaths are caused annually by non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with this burden closely linked to poverty. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), modifiable behaviors – e.g. tobacco use and physical inactivity – contribute to the onset of NCDs. They pose a challenge for LMICs and developed countries alike.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill about 40 million people annually. Comprising chronic lung diseases, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, NCDs are the result of a characteristic Western, predominantly urban lifestyle and negative environmental factors. Almost three-quarters of global NCD deaths arise from low or middle income countries, where the incidence of NCDs is on the rise. Key to responding to this rise will be a smart urban development strategy in combination with effective social services including healthcare, education, healthy foods and beverages, fitness and sports, community services, housing and basic urban infrastructure and urban services. Cost estimates from the WHO suggest that investment of as little as $1– $3 per person per year could substantially reduce both morbidity and mortality attributed to NCDs.
Mental ill-health is the leading cause of disability and poor life outcomes in young people aged 10–24 years, contributing up to 45% of the overall burden of disease in this age-group. Yet globally, young people have the worst access to youth mental health care within the lifespan and across all the stages of illness (particularly during the early stages).
The dialogue series will provide a platform to discuss the ideas, tools and architecture in which public and private stakeholders can build an ecosystem for health promotion and disease management on NCDs and mental health.
Focus Areas for 2019:
Many physical, social and economic factors impact the behaviour of individuals, policy-makers and business leaders. Taking these considerations into account is necessary to establish a global framework that catalyses long-term change with the expected positive health outcomes. The dialogue series assesses key areas of public and private collaboration for advancing the NCDs agenda and promoting healthy lives. It provides a platform to discuss ideas, tools and the architecture in which public and private stakeholders can accelerate the path towards building an ecosystem where being healthy and having access to NCDs treatment is the easiest option.
The Dialogue Series on NCDs will:
The outputs of the dialogue series will be integrated into the plans of advancing initiatives on NCDs and other relevant joint venture projects such as the Healthy City Partnership.