International Journal of Noncommunicable Diseases

: 2019  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56--57

Gaborone call to action on noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goals #3

Davison Munodawafa 
 Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Midlands State University, Gweru, Zimbabwe

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Davison Munodawafa
Department of Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Midlands State University, Private Bag 8055, Gweru

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Munodawafa D. Gaborone call to action on noncommunicable diseases to achieve Sustainable Development Goals #3.Int J Non-Commun Dis 2019;4:56-57

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We express deep appreciation, as technical resource persons and experts from the Africa region convened here under the World Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) Federation and the World Health Organization (WHO) in Gaborone, Botswana, from December 12 to 14, 2018 to examine challenges and best actionsWe acknowledge that Framing the NCDs Response and addressing of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) in the African Region require leadership and technical expertise to deliberate and reach consensus on key strategies and policiesWe are concerned that the NCDs burden in Africa threatens to retard social and economic gains that have been made so far as it affects a third of the most productive years of life of 70 year olds and belowWe recognize that addressing NCDs in the Africa region contributes to achieving SDGs specifically, Goal number 3We are cognizant of the momentum around implementation of SDGs and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) led by the WHO African Region, partners and member states, and civil society organizationsWe take note with appreciation the strategic priorities set by the WHO African Region leadership in the Transformation Agenda to push focus away from vertical health programs to an integrated approach UHC based on the primary healthcare levelWe appreciate the guidance on policies and strategies by the WHO at global, regional, and country levels to all member states to reduce the burden of NCDsWe note that these efforts by the WHO need to be complemented by like-minded entities such as individuals, families, civil society organizations, academia, social groups, the media, and associations on healthWe support the action by the World NCDs Federation and WHO to mobilize experts and technical resource persons to address NCDs risk factors and their determinants and to ensure there is long-term investment in addressing NCDs in AfricaWe recognize the long-term benefits of investments in prevention activities seeking to positively influence social, cultural, and behavioral aspects of NCDsWe call upon, therefore, the World NCDs Federation and its collaborating partners to:

To strengthen the Africa Regional Office and establishing an organizational structure adapted from the framework of the World NCDs Federation. This would ensure adequate financial and technical resources to implement the mandate of the World NCDs Federation in AfricaTo support the development and adaptation of evidence-informed surveillance systems for NCDs to collect baseline data on NCDs in the region by investing in operational research intended to modify social, cultural, and behavioral risky lifestyles related to the different populations in the African regionTo strengthening of health systems and strong leadership to respond to gaps and best practices in NCDs prevention and control policy and strategiesTo position NCDs response as entry point for multisectoral approaches to effectively integrate NCDs/CDs into existing country programsTo assist in advancing a culturally informed framework as a signature contribution for the implementation of sustainable interventions in addressing NCDs. The use of a cultural framework should allow the region to address NCDs from a position of strength by building on positive aspects of behavior and practices that begins at the levels of individuals and families/householdsDevelop plans to support alliances and partnerships for national capacity building at country level and regional fundraising and management of funds in our collective response to NCDs. Increasing domestic funding and tapping into culturally based fundraising strategies from family and community traditions on altruism and philanthropy for the prevention and control of NCDs by the government is both social good and justifiable public investment in addition to being more sustainable.

Adopted and endorsed by the following technical resource persons and experts in their individual capacities: Prof. J. S. Thakur, President World NCD Federation; Prof. R. Kapoor, Secretary World NCD Federation, Prof. D. Munodawafa, Rep World NCD Federation Africa Region, Prof. C. Airihihenbuwa (Univ of Georgia State); Dr. E. J. R. Mandizadza, University of Zimbabwe; Ms. Caroline Mubaira, Crown Agents, Prof. H. Onya, (Univy of Limpopo); Rejoice Nkambule, (Swaziland); Prof. L. Ogbonnaya, (Univ of Nigeria); Wapula Raditloaneng (Univ of Botswana); Dr. S. Dhlamini, Univ of Swaziland; Rumbidzai Chimukangara (Zimbabwe) and Ranneileng (univ of Lesotho); Carmen White (Univ of Wits, South Africa), David Chanda (Zambia).

On this date: December 14, 2018 in this city: Gaborone, Botswana.

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