Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running

Getting National NCD Commissions Up and Running is a publication, developed in partnership with the Healthy Caribbean Coalition, is the second of a two-part series on NNCDCs. Part I: ‘A Civil Society Report on National NCD Commissions in the Caribbean: Towards a More Effective Multisectoral Response to NCDs‘, provides a detailed assessment of the status of National NCD Commissions in CARICOM Member States (MS).  Part II provides practical guidance for the establishment and strengthening of NNCDCs (or their equivalents) based on the experiences of past and existing Commissions in the region, as presented in Part I. The two part series of reports has been prepared by, and viewed through the lens of, civil society. It has been produced for the Caribbean – Small Island Developing States ranging from low- to high-income but has wider applicability.

Against the background of the epidemic of NCDs and its crushing burden on health systems and threat to national development gains, the two part series on NNCDCs is an important tool: showing the way forward in producing critical multisectoral mechanisms for a whole-of-government, whole-of-society, and health-in-all-policies approach to prevent and control NCDs. ‘It provides step by step practical guidance for existing and emerging NNCDCs and highlights approaches to policy and  and legislation determination and implementation, and details actions that a variety of sectors might undertake as part of the multisectoral effort. As critical voices in the multisectoral response, CSOs must aim to be active members of NNCDCs. Part I and II contain useful information on the role and function of CSOs in these multisectoral bodies.

NCDs not only threaten the health and wellbeing of individuals – often the most vulnerable – but also pose a considerable burden on already overstretched health systems. The economic burden caused by NCDs interrupt poverty reduction initiatives in countries by increasing household expenditure, debilitating the workforce, and hindering national economic activities.

A downloadable version fo the publication is available from the HCC’s site by clicking the image below