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May 22, 2018 April 21, 2018

Sania Nishtar: Non-communicable diseases must be part of Universal Health Coverage

New Ways to Fund the Battle Against Chronic Diseases Are Overdue

Primary healthcare must be reoriented towards chronic care. This can be done readily in settings where HIV chronic care platforms have been established, as these provide an opportunity to jumpstart nascent NCD programmes. A recent partnership between the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and AstraZeneca, aimed at offering HIV/AIDS and hypertension services in an integrated manner, is a step in the right direction. Recent initiatives, such as the Defeat-NCD Partnership and Resolve, can help accelerate the integration of NCDs into primary healthcare. The recently launched Defeat-NCDs Partnership offers a supplies, procurement and distribution facility and a financing facility. Through the first facility a marketplace aims to make the provision of medicines, diagnostics, and equipment more cost-effective for poorer countries. It includes pooling the purchasing power of small countries who do not get value-for-money in their procurement and ensuring continuity of supplies. Pharma companies have expressed interest. The approach chosen by the Defeat-NCDs Partnership highlights that the quest for efficiency gains in cutting procurement costs or tackling inefficiencies in the supply chain is one way of making drugs more accessible and affordable for patients in developing countries.
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April 2018

The Defeat-NCD Partnership Universal NCD care. Everywhere. At anytime.

By focusing on country realities and humanitarian situations, Kapila sees the Defeat-NCD Partnership acting as a hub of a global network of knowledge and capacities that will help to create a mass movement of people who will be conscious of the risks that they face as NCD sufferers and are empowered to do something about it themselves. He also sees a systematic programme of investment from governments, civil society and the private sector to tackle this enormous problem facing the world.