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The Lancet Non-Communicable Disease Series 4

The Lancet

About The Lancet Series

The Lancet NCD 4 series presents the latest results and ideas from some of the world’s most eminent scientists – highlighting the critical importance of NCDs to the post-2015 human development agenda, and proposing cost-effective interventions that might help to achieve the new targets. The series key messages are:
  • NCDs must play a central role in world’s next development goals
  • Implementing three cost-effective interventions could rapidly reduce NCD death and disability rates in all countries
  • Addressing social and economic inequalities among disadvantaged groups vital to tackling NCDs
  • Multinational food, drink, and alcohol industries are using similar strategies to tobacco industry to undermine public health policies and should be regulated
  • Most NCDs could be treated with small number of cheap generic drugs and within existing budgets
  • Lessons learned from HIV/AIDS and TB could aid the fight against NCDs

The papers in the series are free to access, upon free registration on The Lancet website: http://www.thelancet.com/series/non-communicable-diseases

Additional material

Statement's from the Prime Minister and Helen Clark, Administrator of the UN Development Agency are available:

UK Prime Minister's Statement
Helen Clark: UN progress on the global development agenda, post 2015 and NCDs

NCD 4 series launch

The Lancet non-communicable disease 4 series was launched on 11 February 2013 at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Click here to access the programme for the launch. Copies of the presentations and statements delivered at the event can be accessed below. An audio recording of the event will be added shortly. 

Driving forward NCD prevention and control: The role of WHO
Dr Oleg Chestnov Assistant Director General and Dr Nick Banatvala, Noncommunicable diseases and mental health, World Health Organization
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Brazil’s response to NCDs including the “Health is Priceless” health systems strengthening programme
Deborah Malta, Director, Department of Non-Communicable Disease Surveillance and Health Promotion, Government of Brazil
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China’s response to NCDs including the National NCD plan and healthy cities initiatives
Dr Dong Zhao, Deputy Director, Beijing Institute of Heart, Lung & Blood Vessel Diseases Capital Medical University Beijing Anzhen Hospital
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A proposal on an independent global accountability mechanism for NCDs
Professor Robert Beaglehole / Dr Richard Horton, Editor, The Lancet 
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The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – model and lessons learned
Paula Johns, Former Chair of the FCA Board of Directors, Framework Convention Alliance & Director of the Tobacco Control Alliance, Brazil
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Global accountability mechanisms for action on the diet and obesity risk factors
Dr Tim Lobstein, Policy Director, International Association for the Study of Obesity 
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Overview of The Lancet NCD 4 series
Professor Robert Beaglehole, The University of Auckland, New Zealand and The Lancet NCD 4
series coordinator

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