Role of Non State Actors as CBCHS Highlighted at WHO AFRO Regional Consultation, Global Dialogue in the Prevention and Control of NCDs

Participants at NCD Conference in Balaclava, Mauritius
Participants at NCD Conference in Balaclava, Mauritius
Participants at NCD Conference in Balaclava, Mauritius

High level participants and experts from WHO, UN and Non State Actors (Community Service Organizations, Philanthropic Organizations, Academia and the Private Sector) have discussed on the role of Non State Actors (NSAs) in supporting member states or their governments in expediting the prevention and control of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) globally.

Prior to the Global Dialogue was the WHO AFRO regional office consultation with African Community Service Organizations (CSOs) on the role of CSOs and the framework of action with WHO AFRO in the prevention and control of NCDs.

The meeting took place in Balaclava, Mauritius from October 17-18, which resulted in the creation of an AFRO regional network of NCD CSOs.

The Global Dialogue, organize by the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism, Geneva held from October 19-21, 2016. The WHO Director General, Dr. Margaret Chan addressed the meeting with a message of expectation of measurable sustainable solutions from Non State Actors to reduce NCD mortalities.

CBCHS was part of these meetings represented by Mr. Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant, the NCD Prevention and Control Programme Coordinator. It was a learning forum and the dialogue resulted in key networks, commitments from WHO, NSAs and the Global NCD alliance.

It should be noted that the CBCHS NCD prevention and control program was established in March 2016 as a way to comprehensively respond to the growing threat of NCDs and their risk factors in Cameroon. This direction was again reaffirmed as consensus was reached during the Dialogues on four main overarching roles of NSAs of raising awareness on NCDs and their risk factors, improving and increasing access to care and essential medicines, advocacy and holding member states accountable for the commitments made at global level such as to reduce national preventable deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025. Cameroon still has a long way to go in key areas and the work of CBCHS should exemplarily assist in this domain.

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