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Following the 66th World Health Assembly (WHA),  20 member organizations of the NCD Roundtable sent a letter dated June 20, 2013 to Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services expressing their gratitude and support for the work of the US Delegation to the WHA. The US played a key leadership role in the adoption by the WHA of an omnibus resolution on NCDs, which incorporated significant goals and targets for NCDs, a multistakeholder approach and set a plan to develop a global coordinating mechanism for NCDs by the end of 2013.

  • The text of the June 20, 2013 letter can be found here
  • The text of the WHA omnibus resolution can be found here 

It is now accepted that although progress has been made against the global health Millenium Development Goals, it is unlikely that the ambitious targets set out in 2000 will be reached by September 2015. The question arises, what to do after 2015? Should there be a new set of global targets? If so, should they be different from the original ones? Should they include health? And NCDs?

Read the full post by Jeff Meer, on the PHI blog.

The NCD Roundtable has created a short document intended as a briefing tool for policymakers unfamiliar with the global NCDs crisis. The document was included in the coalition InterAction’s Global Health Briefing Book, which was rolled out to all Congressional offices on April 8, 2013. The briefing paper lays out the epidemiology of NCDs, the US Government’s role in the crisis, and future opportunities.

Download the PDF: NCDs in Brief

On March 19, Loyce Pace Bass, the Director of Health Policy for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related programs in Congress. She emphasized the importance of addressing the growing burden of NCDs (non-communicable diseases) in developing countries and urged members to maintain funding for important U.S. Global Health Programs.

Read the whole post on the LIVESTRONG blog. 

On Tuesday, March 19, Loyce Pace Bass of LIVESTRONG Foundation, representing the NCD Roundtable, testified at an open hearing of the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs. This subcommittee drafts spending bills that fund many global health programs across the US federal government, including potentially for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care of NCDs.

Read the full post on the PHI blog. 

United States House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs

Loyce Pace Bass, MPH Director of Health Policy – LIVESTRONG Foundation Testifying on Behalf of the NCD Roundtable

March 2013

Download a PDF of the Written Testimony

“As Indian Americans, we have a lot to be proud of in our communities and in the changes underway in India.  Today, to protect our families and this remarkable progress, we must address one of the greatest health and development challenges of the century, the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and chronic lung diseases, have thus far escaped our attention and collective action.”

Read the rest of this post by Nalini Saligram, CEO of Arogya World on the Indiaspora blog:

NCDs: A 47 Trillion Dollar Problem We Cant Ignore

Frontline health workers face enormous challenges and must be prepared to adapt to changing circumstances. One of the largest changes occurring in global health is increasing urgency for health workers to prevent, diagnose and treat non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Unfortunately, few frontline health workers in developing countries have the training and expertise to do this.

Read the complete post by Jeff Meer, special advisor for global health at PHI:

Preparing Health Workers for the Growing Burden of Non-Communicable Disease


At the end of April 2010, a couple of weeks before the WHO announced a major 2011 U.N. summit on Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), I left Merck to start Arogya World, a U.S.-based non-profit with a bold mission — to change the course of chronic disease. This was the beginning of a very personal journey for me, and the expression of a heartfelt desire to gather like-minded people and make a meaningful contribution to global health.

Read the rest of this post by Nalini Saligram, CEO of Arogya World:

Diabetes: How cellphones help tackle India’s ticking time bomb