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Global Community Must Use Innovative Finance Mechanisms To Make Progress On NCDs

Devex: Opinion: We need new ways to fund NCDs. Development assistance isn’t enough.
Katie Dain, CEO of the NCD Alliance, commissioner on the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs, and co-chair of the WHO Civil Society Working Group on the Third High-Level Meeting on NCDs

“…[T]he current progress [on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)] across the board is insufficient and won’t deliver on the [Sustainable Development Goal (SDG)] target of reducing by one-third premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by 2030. One of the key gaps in the response has been financing. We must go beyond the traditional narrative of the donor and recipient and look for innovative mechanisms and models of financing … This week in Copenhagen at the WHO Global Dialogue on Partnerships for Sustainable Financing of NCD Prevention and Control, we have an important opportunity to demonstrate that committing to NCDs and health is an investment — something that potential partners such as development banks, investment groups, and philanthropic foundations must see prior to becoming involved in the NCD response. The dialogue comes at a key moment in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, with U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres convening a High-Level Summit on Financing the Sustainable Development Goals in New York in June. Quite simply, we have got to be on the money in Copenhagen if we want to bend the noncommunicable diseases curve” (4/9).

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