Global Community Should Step Up Efforts To Address NCD Burden

Asia & The Pacific Policy Society’s “Policy Forum”: The global health threat hiding in the shadows
Sam Byfield, senior honorary fellow at the University of Melbourne’s Nossal Institute for Global Health, discusses the lack of and need for global attention on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and writes, “The NCDs agenda needs to be understood as a prevention agenda, and not just as a matter of public health, but rather as a major global economic threat. … [T]ransforming the perception of the NCD epidemic into a matter of social justice — rather than an inevitable outcome of an aging, globalized world — has a central role to play in raising enough awareness and support to start making a dent in these diseases” (10/11).