WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs

GCM/NCD Communities of Practice on NCDs and the Next Generation virtual discussions

The GCM/NCD Community of Practice (CoP) on ‘NCDs and the Next Generation’ held its first set of virtual discussions. The first virtual discussion was held between 14 and 15 March 2017. The second virtual discussion was held between 6 and 7 April 2017 to coincide with the World Congress on Public Health.

Over 100 members signed-up, spanning 35 countries and territories, and encompassing all six WHO regions. Participants included members of civil society, academics, researchers, doctors, medical students, patients and other stakeholders interested in generating collaborative discussion and action toward 2018 focused on engaging the emerging and future leaders in health. A short video clip, introducing the Steering Group of the CoP, was produced ahead of the discussion and can be accessed below.

During the first virtual discussion, three questions were posed on the following themes:

  • Opportunities for young people to engage locally and internationally to build accountability and action leading up to the 2018 UN High-level Review on NCDs,
  • What CoP members want to see from their governments and stakeholders at the 2018 UN High-level Review on NCDs, and
  • What accountability looks like to members of the CoP.

In the second virtual discussion, three themes were addressed:

  • Communication: how to communicate effectively about NCDs; communication as a tool to beat NCDs; and current NCD campaign models,
  • CoP action plan (outcome document): what are our expectations for this document? Ideas include a timeline leading up to 2018, calls to action, advocacy tools, a background to NCDs and UN processes, and the different roles of actors,
  • The perception of youth: challenges and opportunities in intergenerational collaboration to beat NCDs.

Register your interest below to participate in the discussion and join a closed network of individuals with professional/academic experience, expertise in volunteering, or advocacy for the right to protection from NCDs and their risk factors.