NCDs and Post-2015

Global Non-communicable Disease Framework 

Every year 38 million people die from non-communicable Disease (NCDs), mainly cancers, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases. Nearly 80% of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle- income countries

In 2011 the cancer and NCD community made history with the adoption of the UN Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which recognised NCDs as a global health and development priority and commited governments to take urgent action to address this growing crisis. Building on the momentum created by the Political Declaration and subsequent resolutions by the World Health Assembly, a new global framework for NCDs has emerged: the Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs (GMF) includes 9 ambitious targets measured against 27 indicators; the Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020 (GAP) provides the roadmap for achieving this goal, and includes bold commitments by Member States to address cancer and other NCDs with an overarching objective to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 25% by the year 2025 and; the Global Coordination Mechanism for NCDs coordinates actions between all relevant stakeholders to deliver the GAP. 

The GMF and GAP include cancer-specific targets, actions and indicators including in the areas of: cancer planning and surveillance; vaccination for HPV and HBV against cervical and liver cancers; early detection and screening for breast, cervical, oral and colorectal cancers linked to timely treatment; access to essential medicines and technologies and; palliative care policies.

Our next challenge as cancer advocates is to ensure that governments take concrete actions at the national level to make these commitments a reality through advocacy, capacity building, targeted programmes and monitoring/reporting on progress.  Download the UICC Advocacy Toolkit and selected resources from the NCD Alliance to learn more.