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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are identified as a priority area within the UK government’s strategy Health is Global, and the accompanying outcomes framework for global health 2011-15. 

The global health programme at UKHF undertakes research and advocacy to support action by global institutions, governments, the public sector and commercial operators to address the global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which account for 60% of total deaths.

A major focus of the programme is to increase recognition and action on the drivers of the unequal distribution of preventable NCDs. Four out of five deaths occur in low and middle-income countries and almost half of these are premature, in people under 60 years of age, with significant social and economic consequences on poverty and development. 

Activities include:

  • Advocacy to support implementation of the UN Political Declaration on NCDs and related WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-20

  • Coordinating and collaborating with health and development NGOs on NCDs, international development and sustainable development

  •  Supporting research and dissemination through activities such as The Lancet NCD and obesity series and international conferences

  • Technical assistance and capacity building for effective advocacy and action

  • Decision-support tools such as modelling and forecasting future disease burdens, costs and effectiveness of interventions.

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