NCDs and Civil Society: A History and a Roadmap

  • Johanna RalstonEmail author
  • Sania Nishtar


On May 26, 2012 Member States of the World Health Assembly approved a global target of 25 % reduction in premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025 (WHO 2012). That means 2 % per year reduction in under-70 mortality from cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease. This is excellent news for the NCD community and takes the Political Declaration of the UN High Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases in September 2011 from rhetoric to action. While a series of additional and more specific targets will be approved by the end of the year, including proposed targets on reducing salt, physical inactivity, and daily tobacco smoking, the overall mortality target is a critical turning point and a testament to successful advocacy across many civil society organizations and evidence that was first promoted by WHO in 2005. Most important, the success of this target and the Summit itself are due in no small part to successful advocacy and collaboration by the NCD community, which itself has emerged as cohesive whole only in very recent years, when individual groups dedicated to risk factors and specific diseases including cancer and CVD started to join forces to address the emerging NCD pandemic in low and middle-income countries.


Tobacco Control World Economic Forum Noncommunicable Disease Outcome Document Political Declaration 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.World Heart FederationGeneva 4Switzerland
  2. 2.HeartfileIslamabadPakistan

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