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

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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.
“…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…”“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.”

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We are proud to introduce The Defeat-NCD Partnership. A new partnership for driving decisive action on non-communicable disease (NCDs) in low-resource countries. Each year 15 million people die prematurely from NCDs. Four in five of these deaths are in low-resource countries. It is time to take decisive action and defeat NCDs.


See the Defeat-NCD Partnership’s press release and media backgrounder. And see the Danish Government and Novo Nordisk’s press release about this launch.

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Opinion: A defining moment in the fight against NCDs

Defeat NCDs Partnership launched at UN Headquarters

PM Harris tells UN, climate change, NCDs are linked

The NCD crisis is complex, however, having arisen from advancements in the fabric of our society. No person living with an NCD should die because of poor access to basic health. As a result of major gaps in the affordability and availability of basic health technologies and essential medicines in some countries, people with NCDs often delay seeking care and develop complications unnecessarily.


The Defeat-NCD Partnership was launched to move the dialogue on access to medicines from rhetoric to practical action.

The Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, the lead Head for Health and Human Development in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet, said the region welcomes the launch of the Defeat-NCD Partnership, a new public–private partnership established to progress sustained actions against NCDs.


The Prime Minister was in New York, advocating greater international attention and resources for Small Island Developing Statesto help curb NCDs.

There is an inseparable link between climate change and the increased incidences of NCDs Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, Dr. the Honourable Timothy Harris, said  during his presentation at the launch of the Defeat-NCD Partnership initiative at the United Nations Headquarters.


Prime Minister Harris said climate change is a major hindrance to the Caribbean region’s economies, which also “undermines our ability to live up to the financing obligations that are required if we are to defeat NCDs”.

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

New Ways to Fund the Battle Against Chronic Diseases Are Overdue

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

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. 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.