With Expanding Global Health Policy Involvement, China Must Include Focus On NCDs
The Lancet Global Health: Facing forwards along the Health Silk Road
“Last month, China made a significant move towards the consolidation of its role as a major player in global health policy. At the Belt and Road High-level Meeting for Health Cooperation in Beijing, delegates from between 20 and 30 countries plus WHO, UNAIDS, [Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance], and the Global Fund signed a communiqué aimed at increasing collaboration on research, health security, and education among the countries of China’s proposed Belt and Road Initiative [also known as One Belt One Road]. … Signatories to the so-called Health Silk Road communiqué affirmed their commitment to the core missions of health systems strengthening and universal health coverage … Non-communicable diseases, however, were distinctly absent from the High-level Meeting agenda and the Health Silk Road communiqué. Yet these conditions represent 87 percent of total deaths in China … [The nation] should now take the next step and ensure that the One Belt One Road initiative, with its emphasis on development via infrastructure, does not conflict with the admirable aims set out in its own Healthy China 2030 strategy…” (October 2017).