The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Independent High-Level Commission has proposed six new recommendations to tackle the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
The commission’s report, published in the Lancet, warns that the Sustainable Development Goal of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by a third by 2030, will not be met at the current rate of progress. It says action on NCDs requires an upgrade in political leadership, and Heads of State and Governments must take the lead. It calls on governments to identify and implement specific priorities within the overall NCD and mental health agenda, and says NCDs should be embedded and expanded within health systems and universal healthcare (UHC).
The report further calls for collaboration and regulation. Governments should increase effective regulation and appropriate engagement with the private sector and society, using a whole of society approach, it states. Accountability must also be strengthened to ensure that the promises and commitments of Governments and the private sector are delivered.
New ways of funding programmes to reverse the tide of NCDs must be implemented, it says, and suggests a new multi-donor fund, increased lending by international financial institutions, an investors forum, and higher contributions to multilateral institutions, such as the WHO, to ensure programme delivery.