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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Birth of a new journal to enable implementation of global noncommunicable diseases prevention and control

1 Department of Epidemiology, Medicine and Global Health and Director of Public Health Education and Training, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
2 Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
3 Centre of Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
4 Department of Radiotherapy, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
5 Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

Date of Web Publication29-Jun-2016

Correspondence Address:
Arun Chockalingam
Director, Office of Global Public Health, Education and Training, DallaLana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Toronto
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How to cite this article:
Chockalingam A, Thakur JS, Krishnan A, Kapoor R, Aggarwal AN. Birth of a new journal to enable implementation of global noncommunicable diseases prevention and control. Int J Non-Commun Dis 2016;1:1-2

How to cite this URL:
Chockalingam A, Thakur JS, Krishnan A, Kapoor R, Aggarwal AN. Birth of a new journal to enable implementation of global noncommunicable diseases prevention and control. Int J Non-Commun Dis [serial online] 2016 [cited 2022 Jan 26];1:1-2. Available from: https://www.ijncd.org/text.asp?2016/1/1/1/184852

"Welcome to the inaugural issue of IJNCD."

It gives us great joy to bring out this first issue of The International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases (IJNCD). IJNCD is an official publication of world NCD Federation (WNF). It is a first of its kind of journal in NCDs addressing issues of public health priorities such as prevention, policy, disease management, surveillance, and research. IJNCD addresses NCDs from an integrated perspective with a strong international editorial team and a greater emphasis on quality control. It is a multidisciplinary journal including relevant publications at population level on epidemiology, public health, disease prevention and health promotion, nutrition, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, and palliative care of NCDs. IJNCD will address NCDs in a broader sense, with focus on public health approaches not only on the well-accepted four major disorders - cancer, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes and also include, mental health, stroke, chronic kidney diseases, injuries, the risk factors for NCDs, and upstream determinants. We will incorporate information and proceedings of conferences, meetings and workshops conducted globally related to NCDs as well as Global status reports.

The main objective behind the journal is to strengthen the evidence base for action, especially in developing countries. Hence, we specifically seek publications from authors in developing countries and would endeavor to provide them support to get published. In this context, it is also important to note that the journal has not imposed any cost on the authors at this stage. We hope to be able to continue this practice in future by generating funds from other sources. We are also committed not to accept funds from industries which have a conflicting interest in the promotion of NCD prevention and control. We start this journal as a quarterly publication but do hope to increase its frequency with support from all of you. The IJNCD is committed to fast and good quality review of all articles. We hope to add many interesting and unique features to the journal over time. Please send in your suggestions to us as to what you would like to see in the journal.

In this issue of the journal, we have provided you with an eclectic mix of studies. We present a summary of the most recently published Global WHO report on Diabetes keeping our promise of providing most updated information. The studies published include those from China, India, and Canada, and provide information on economic evaluation (burden of CVD), clinical data (medication adherence) and epidemiology of NCDs (hypertension among diabetics). We also include a review on determinants of academic failure confirming the broadest interpretation of NCDs, and provide a brief description of an innovative device to help rehabilitate burn victims.

  Introducing World Noncommunicable Disease Federation - Key Milestones for Working toward Global Noncommunicable Disease Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals Top

What motivated us to launch the journal is our collective desire to prevent and control NCDs globally, through WNF. The NCDs, although accounting for nearly two-thirds of the global deaths annually and causing a very high health care burden in every country on the face of the earth, missed recognition in the United Nation's Millennium Development Goals. However, in the past 5 years, NCDs have got unprecedented attention, thanks to the efforts of NCD workers all around the world. The First Global Status Report on NCDs was released in 2011. With UN political declaration on NCDs adopted by UN General Assembly (UNGA) in 2011, many activities were set in motion, including the WHO Global Action Plan for prevention and control of NCDs for 2013-2020, Global Monitoring Framework with nine targets and 25 indicators to be achieved by 2025, publication of the second Global status report and country profiles on NCDs in 2014, and focus on multisectoral action plans in 2015. The 2030 agenda for sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted by UNGA in September; 2015 for the first time saw the inclusion of NCDs in global development agenda.

Successful achievement of these SDGs requires global partnerships on scales that are unprecedented. While there are individual professional associations working in diabetes, heart, chronic respiratory diseases and cancer, and few NCD alliances do exist, there is a need for a global professional association working for integrating major NCDs to take forward Global NCD Agenda and attainment of SDGs. Keeping this need in view, WNF was launched in Chandigarh, India to focus on public health approaches for prevention, control and management of NCDs globally. The WNF officially came into existence on March 7, 2015, to coincide with the world NCD Day and is registered under Societies Registration Act of India. The WNF works with a mission for global NCD agenda with focus on SDG 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 11, and 17, capacity building, advocacy and universal health care for NCDs which is accessible and acceptable to all at a cost that developing countries can afford to maintain and sustain population-wide, and individual clinic NCD interventions.

The main purpose of the Federation is to work for prevention and control of NCDs, including mental health issues, at international level, especially in developing countries. It aims to organize professional activities, meetings and trainings at global, regional and national level to promote public health approaches for prevention and control of chronic NCDs, to build partnership with like-minded professional associations and focus on evidence-based public health interventions, to work for capacity building for surveillance, monitoring, implementation of NCD prevention and control policies, programs and evaluation and to promote research in NCDs by capacity building and supporting national, regional, and international multi-centric studies.

Besides Governing Council, WNF has an international advisory council with eminent experts and regional councils. It has established regional councils in South East Asia and Western Pacific regions and also has a branch covering the Caribbean islands. The WNF believes in multidisciplinary and multisectoral approach and has attracted members from a diverse background from both developing and developed countries. It has provision for both individual and institutional membership.

International Working Groups (IWG) of WNF in specific thematic area such as Public Health/Health Systems, Stroke, Diabetes, CVDs, Chronic Respiratory Diseases, Cancer, Essential Medicine, Capacity Building, and Research are taking forward the agenda of WNF to bring focus on Public Health Approaches in Prevention and Control of NCDs globally. Each IWG has 6-8 national/international experts as members with a chair and co-chair with specific terms of reference and roadmap of activities. To date, IWG on Public Health and Stroke have been constituted, and others are underway. We invite interested professionals and partners to join hands with us to take forward global NCD agenda and to achieve SDGs. Roster of NCD experts is being prepared who will be available for technical support and consultancy in developing countries.

To meet its objectives, the WNF has launched several modes of communications such as (a) the textbook on Public Health Approaches to NCDs, a first of its kind globally, (b) bi-annual Newsletter of WNF and (c) the IJNCD. The WNF can be accessed at its website www.worldncdfederation.org and can be contacted at [email protected]

We welcome you to the journal again and hope to continue seeing your contributions again and again. Together, we can reverse the course of the impending pandemic of NCDs worldwide!!


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