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.
In 2011, the UN General Assembly agreed that NCDs are a major socio-economic threat and called for concerted action to tackle it. Yet, five years down the line, NCDs continue to be the number-one killer across the globe; concerted action is still slow and, when it is implemented, it is often through fragmented efforts rather than public-private collaboration.
The dialogue series will look for practical measures and innovative solutions for public and private cooperation in the NCD agenda in the context of the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare. The series will be designed to leverage the previous work on NCDs from the World Economic Forum and the outputs of the Human-centric Health project, overcome decades of distrust between public and private sector stakeholder groups by co-creating knowledge and develop insights and a joint vision for how to advance specific areas of the NCD agenda.It will provide a platform to discuss ideas, tools and the architecture in which public and private stakeholders can accelerate the path towards building an eco-system where being healthy and having access to NCD treatment is the easiest option. The outputs of the dialogue series will be integrated in the plans of other relevant Joint Venture projects such as the Healthy City Partnership.
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.