WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

First pre-Dialogue caucus meeting on NCDs and youth


The International Federation of Medical Students' Association (IFMSA) hosted a pre-Dialogue caucus meeting on NCDs and youth. The meeting was held during the IFMSA General Assembly that was held in Budva, Montenegro this year. The event engaged medical students from all parts of the world to increase awareness and encourage advocacy and meaningful youth participation at all levels of society on NCDs. It focused on NCDs as a global burden and the role of medical education and medical students to be prepared to tackle NCDs in the SDG era. in addressing the burden. The NCD Youth Caucus is a pre-Dialogue stakeholder meeting leading up to the Global Dialogue meeting organized by WHO and hosted by the Government of Uruguay on 18-20 October 2017 in Montevideo.

One result of the NCD Youth Caucus was the Budva Youth Declaration: A Call to Action on Noncommunicable Diseases. The main call to action of the declaration is to increase financial investments to address NCDs in order to curb the economic and social impact of these diseases and to strengthen the curriculum to increase the preparedness for medical students to become future responders of the NCDs through public health measures in a multisectoral and multistakeholder environment.

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