Eleven Media, 19 November 2020, ‘Myanmar’s preliminary healthcare services’

“Myanmar is now carrying out measures against NCDs… the strategy was drawn by the Ministry of Health and Sports and The Defeat-NCD Partnership.”

The Economic Times, 13 November 2020, ‘View: India can take a leadership role in treating NCDs’

Opinion piece by Praveen Pardeshi, Global Programme Coordinator, The Defeat-NCD Partnership

“To reduce Covid deaths, we must prevent, reduce and treat NCDs. There are challenges. A reengineering of India’s primary health care systems is required, as the country’s disease burden has now changed.”

The St. Kitts and Nevis Observer, 11 November 2020, ‘Scale-up of NCDs prevention, control, an opportunity to reduce COVID’

Interview with Prime Minister Timothy Sylvester Harris, CARICOM’s Council for Health and Social Development (COHSOD); Chair, High-Level Council, The Defeat-NCD Partnership.

Asia Today, 30 October 2020, ‘Addressing non-communicable diseases reduces COVID-19 deaths’

“At the World Health Summit, health ministers from Rwanda and Myanmar presented national strategies and costed action plans to reduce deaths from NCDs.”

The Myanmar Times, 29 October 2020, ‘Govt to spend $101m on disease tests, treatment’

“The government will spend more than US$101 million on testing and treating non-communicable diseases, according to the Ministry of Health and Sports. The costs include 48 projects aimed at testing and treating 2 million people during 2021-2022.”

Myanmar Radio and Television, 29 October 2020

Myanmar Radio and TV included a segment on the relationship between COVID-19 and NCDs, as part of their regular COVID-19 Q&A programming. Dr. Kyaw Kan Kaung, Director of the NCD Unit, Ministry of Health and Sport, Myanmar, can be viewed speaking on this topic at 09:00.

Myanmar’s Ministry of Information and The Global New Light of Myanmar, 28 October 2020, ‘Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe joins World Health Summit 2020 online’

“During the virtual conference session, the Union Minister said that the mortality rate of NCDs was high across the world, including Myanmar. NCDs accounted for 62 per cent of all deaths in Myanmar, according to the Union Minister, who said that Myanmar is making significant efforts to prevent, manage and control non-communicable diseases.”

Anadolou Agency, 27 October 2020, ‘Africa: coronavirus cases top 1.72m, deaths over 41,600’

“Addressing a virtual World Health Summit in Berlin, Ngamije said a big number of the victims with NCDs were also people 55 years and above”

CNBC Africa, 27 October 2020, ‘Health Minister Ngamije on Rwanda’s plan to tackle non-communicable diseases’

“At the World Health Summit, Rwanda presented the country’s five-year strategy to reduce premature mortality from NCDs, in efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 3.”

KT Express, 27 October 2020, ‘NCDs increasingly killing more people in Rwanda – Dr. Ngamije’

“The Minister of Health Dr. Daniel Ngamije says NCDs have become a huge burden for the country, killing more people than any other cause of death, calling for more funding and strategies to combat them.”

The New Times, 27 October 2020, ‘Rwanda seeks $640m to reduce premature mortality from NCDs’

“Rwanda is looking for $638 million to finance a new five-year campaign aimed at reducing premature mortality from NCDs by 25 percent by 2025.”

XinhuaNet, 27 October 2020, ‘Rwanda to mobilise funds to reduce non-communicable diseases”

Rwanda is going to mobilise USD669.1 million from different sources to reduce NCDs under a five-year strategic plan unveiled at the World Health Summit.

Devex, 26 October 2020, ‘World Health Summit kicks off amid pandemic’

“…instead of allowing the pandemic to further undermine efforts to combat NCDs, leaders should take the opportunity to refocus — particularly as evidence mounts that underlying NCDs increase the risk of a severe COVID-19 infection…”

Rwanda Biomedical Centre, 26 October 2020, ‘Rwanda leads efforts to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases’

“More than 70 percent of all COVID-19 related deaths are due to non-communicable diseases. People infected with SARS COV-2 are likely to be severely affected or die if they already have an underlying non-communicable disease. We know how to reduce the risks of non-communicable diseases. If we prevent, reduce and treat non-communicable diseases now, we can reduce COVID-19 deaths.”

The Straits Times, 23 October 2020, ‘Make the most of COVID-19 crisis to fight other diseases’

“COVID-19 survivors with NCDs may see their pre-existing conditions worsen, and previously healthy COVID-19 patients may suffer cardiovascular damage, leading to complex NCD cases in the future.

The interplay between Covid-19 and NCDs is deadly.”

The Eastern Link, 15 October 2020, ‘COVID-19 and non-communicable diseases: a deadly duo’

“The huge investments channelled for the pandemic can be cross-purposed across COVID-19 and NCDs. Using funds to simply buy single-use personal protective equipment is not a sustainable outlay. Smarter stipulations on how the money is being spent need to be made.”

The Global New Light of Myanmar, 28 July 2020, ‘Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe meets The Defeat-NCD Partnership delegates’

“During the meeting, the Union Minister Dr. Myint Htwe pointed out that if Myanmar fails to exert efforts to prevent and control the diseases, non-communicable diseases can be a major public health problem in five years in the country.”

Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, 12 June 2020, ‘The live MBA Global Consulting Projects making an impact beyond the virtual world’

“Robert Cann: The purpose of the project was to evaluate the strategy to launch a venture capital fund focused on investing in initiatives to tackle NCDs in LMICs.”


BMJ, 6 December 2019, ‘One size does not fit all: implementation of interventions for non-communicable diseases’

Boehringer Ingelheim, 29 October 2019, ‘Boehringer Ingelheim joins forces with The Defeat-NCD Partnership to fight non-communicable diseases’

NCBI and BMJ, 31 July 2019, ‘Time to align: development cooperation for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases’

IJNCD, 10 July 2019, ‘Noncommunicable diseases need an urgent and systematic response’

BMJ, 20 May 2019, ‘Asking the right question: implementation research to accelerate non-communicable disease responses’

BCG, 23 April 2019, ‘What companies can learn from world leaders in societal impact’

BMJ, 28 January 2019, ‘Environmental risks and non-communicable diseases’


Devex, 8 October 2018, ‘Opinion: A defining moment in the fight against NCDs’

Global Compact Netherlands, 2 October 2018, ‘Experiences chairman Global Compact tijdens UN Leaders Summit’

St. Kitts and Nevis Observer, 25 October 2018, ‘PM Harris tells UN, climate change, NCDs are linked’

Heartfile, 24 September 2018, ‘Keynote speech at the launch of The Defeat-NCD Partnership’

St. Kitts and Nevis Observer, 24 September 2018, ‘Defeat NCDs Partnership launched at UN headquarters’

United Nations, 24 September 2018, ‘Defeat NCD launch’

WHO, 18-30 September 2018, ‘Health throughout the Life-course at UNGA73’

Danish Red Cross, June 2018, ‘Inspiration and aspiration: Advocating for NCD care in humanitarian settings’

BMJ Opinion, 22 May 2018, ‘Sania Nishtar: Non-communicable diseases must be part of Universal Health Coverage’

Diplomatic Courier and IFPMA, 21 April 2018, ‘New ways to fund the battle against chronic diseases are overdue’

WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, 9-11 April 2018, ‘Global dialogue on partnerships for sustainable financing of NCD prevention and control: meeting report’