NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and young people who are living with or at risk of developing non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – also known as chronic and non-infectious diseases that tend to be of a long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviors factors. The coalition began as a child-focused working group of the NCD Alliance ahead of the first United Nations High-Level Meeting (UN HLM) on NCDs in September 2011. After the UN HLM, NCD Child aimed to ensure a child and adolescent health voice for NCD prevention and control, emphasizing the unique needs of young people, remained a priority for national governments, civil society organizations, and UN agencies. NCD Child was formally launched 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 67,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children.
In January 2020, NCD Child transitioned to its third Secretariat – the Centre for Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids). SickKids is a world-class pediatric hospital that improves the health of children by integrating care, research and teaching.
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.