WHO urges non-state actors to support action on NCDs

20 October 2016 - The World Health Organization (WHO) will conclude the Global Dialogue Regional Meeting on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Mauritius today on the important role of NGOs and other non-state actors in tackling NCDs.

The meeting is being held in Balaclava, Mauritius in partnership with the United Nations (UN), NGOs and others to discuss ways in which they can support WHO Member States to meet the targets set out in the Global action plan for the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) 2013-2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on NCDs launched in 2015.

The call follows a landmark meeting of over 45 civil society groups from across Africa this week convened by the WHO African Regional Office and NCD Alliance on the regional response to NCDs. Alzheimer associations and key stakeholders also met at the ADI Regional African Conference during World Alzheimer's Month in September, where a joint declaration on dementia was made in support of the WHO Call for Action at the First WHO Ministerial Conference on Global Action against Dementia in 2015.

Alzheimer’s Disease International is supporting Alzheimer associations and others to reach out to their governments in support of the multi-sector approach to NCDs, by encouraging action on dementia and the wellbeing of older people, and the establishment of National Strategies on dementia that commit resources to awareness, prevention and increased care for people affected by the condition.

NCDs are the number one cause of death and mortality worldwide. Dementia, an NCD, affects more 47 million people worldwide including more than 4 million people in Sub Saharan Africa.

You can help us make NCDs a priority in the WHO Africa region, and globally, with the hashtag #EndNCDs

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