Global NCD Alliance Forum stresses need for evidence-based research

SHARJAH– The second Global Non-Communicable Diseases, NCD, Alliance Forum has stressed the need for evidence-based research as the secret weapon for its advocacy.

The final day of the Forum under its Stream 3 banner, Sharing Tools and Strategies for NCD Advocacy and Mobilisation formed the basis of discussions in the five concurrent workshop sessions. The workshops focused on the efforts that have been made in the area of NCDs. Experts shared concrete case studies and discussed experiences with a view to identifying practical and replicable approaches to advance the movement.

In a workshop titled ‘Using Research to Advance Evidence-based Advocacy and Policymaking’, forum attendees explored how operational research can facilitate decision-making and policy formation.

In a parallel workshop titled, ‘Through the Magnifying Glass: Leveraging Accountability Efforts in NCDs’, panelists emphasised the need for NCD-related accountability approaches undertaken by civil society at the global, regional and national levels to measure progress on achieving NCD targets.

While governments across the region have had some success in addressing acute and infectious diseases, a more sombre picture emerges in relation to NCDs and reaching the 2030 target. Between 2010 and 2015, deaths from NCDs as a proportion of all mortalities rose from 29.4 percent to 33.5 percent, and now claim 3.1 million lives a year.

The final day saw an array of experts on global health, organisational development and project implementation draw their closing comments by taking stock of the current NCD scenario, reviewed progress and looked ahead to the 2018 UN High-level Meeting.

Source: Emirates News Agency