NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and young people living with or are at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs). The coalition began as the child-focused working group of the NCD Alliance for the September 2011 first UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs, and NCD Child was launched to ensure that a child and adolescent health voice in NCDs remained strong and that the unique needs of young people remain a priority for countries, other civil society organizations, and UN agencies. NCD Child was founded by CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbors), an Australian-based NGO in 2012.
The founding members of the coalition are American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA); Caring and Living as Neighbours (CLAN); Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI); International Pediatric Association (IPA); American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH); International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH); Medtronic Foundation; Public Health Institute (PHI); Save the Children; The Geddes Group; and UNICEF.
In 2012, NCD Child published the Oakland Statement with the NCD community, advocating for the health needs of children and adolescents across the global NCD agenda. The Oakland Statement continues to provide guidance and context to NCD Child’s agenda.
In 2014, the Secretariat for NCD Child moved from CLAN to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a US-based membership organization of 66,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children. NCD Child continues to be a voice for the rights of children, adolescents, and young people at risk of, living with and affected by NCDs through education, raising awareness, and broader participation in the global health and development discourse.