The Global Week for Action on NCDs (September 7-13, 2020) is an annual campaign, starting in 2020 and continuing until the fourth UN High-LeveMeeting on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in 2025, that aims to unite the NCD movement each year under a specific theme, concentrating on combined efforts with the aim of reducing the NCD burden globally and increasing health and equality. It focuses on bridging the biggest gaps to progress on NCDs: Accountability, Investment, Leadership, Community Engagement and Care.

 2020 Campaign

This year’s theme is “Accountability: Pushing for Progress”, a theme that highlights the need to push for political and programmatic change. It aims to monitor commitments made by governments and how they are using resources, put pressure on decision makers to ensure promises become actions, and ensure the health needs and rights of everyone at risk of or living with an NCD are being met. 

This year NCD Child Young Leaders have teamed up with NCD Child Governing Council Members to take action on NCDs by discussing their priorities on health and NCDs and encouraging more meaningful action on tackling NCDs.

Read the blogs below.

Childhood obesity: economic burden and inequities

Yuvreet Kaur, MD, Department of Surgery, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada

George Msengi, MD, NCD Child Governing Council and Department of Pediatrics and Child Health, Muhimbili National Hospital, United Republic of Tanzania


Mental Health Parity: A Way Forward for Canada

 Alex Kwok, Research Assistant at Arthritis Research Canada, Co-Director at Canadian Society for International Health (CSIH) MentorNet Program

Victoria Watson, NCD Child Governing Council and Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada


Australia's Scorecard on Noncommunicable Diseases in 2020 

Sophie ManoyMBBS, MPHTM, Secretary of Bush Dokta, Australia

 Luis Manuel Encarnación, MSc, Member of the Governing Council, NCD Child, Mexico

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