NDoH “Implementation” Review of 2nd NCDs NSP 2013-2017

NDoH “Implementation” Review of 2nd NCDs NSP 2013-2017

The date of the review is August 2018.  This is the first version. Later,  in November 2018, a second version was circulated.

The NCDs National Strategic Plan 2013-2017 is also known as the 2nd NCDs NSP. It was reviewed in 2018 by a WHO country office contracted consultant on behalf of the NDoH.
It is grandiosely called The “Implementation Review of the  NCDs NSP 2013-2017”  The title is a farce since this plan was never implemented and unfunded. The review is supposed to imply an authentic evaluation of the plan, processes and outcomes. It does nothing of the sort
The WHO consultant Mel Freeman was also the NDoH official responsible for the development and implementation of the 2nd NCDs NSP during his tenure as Chief Director, NCDs

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ANN 1st General Assembly Notice

The Africa NCDs Network will be holding its maiden General Assembly and request the participation of 2 representatives of your National Alliance to register to attend.
It is scheduled to take place on 15th January 2021 at 9 am GMT+1.
Once registered, all registered representative will be approved and a secured link shared to join the GA. You also have the opportunity to nominate one person to the board of the ANN
Find the registration link here: https://forms.gle/4VXvM3Sp9Sb4cqxE8
Kindly register at your earliest convenience.
The ANN sincerely apologizes for reaching out to you late on this important event.
Thank you

On behalf of the Interim Advisory Board, the Interim Secretariat and the entire membership of the Africa NCDs Network I wish to invite you to the 1st Annual General Meeting of the ANN due to take place on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 9:00am GMT +1 to 2:00 PM GMT +1.

The draft agenda will be as follows;

  1.  To present for adoption the state of affairs of the ANN by the interim secretariat following its mandate
  2. Present for adoption the working documents (governing documents) and structure for adoption by the General Assembly
    • The ANN Constitution
    • Memorandum of Understanding
    • Membership form
  3. To elect and mandate the new ANN Board

Your invitation is based on your prior engagement with the processes leading up to the establishment of the Africa NCDs Network as a national alliance or a partner. To attend, please ensure that two authorized members of your national alliance to the Assembly are registered using THIS LINK, also sent  to you by email, no later than January 10, 2021 for the secure link to join the session to be provided to them. Please ensure the correct email addresses are used in their registration.

The email containing this invitation invites you to nominate Board Members who will lead the ANN within the next three years. Nominations will be accepted from at most, two registrants from each national alliance.

For any inquiry or suggestions, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]

We count on your usual collaboration and look forward to your excellent participation

Warm regards

Chair, Interim Advisory Board. Prof. Gerald Yonga;  Dr. George Msengi, Chair, Planning Committee; Labram Musah Secretary, ANN;  Ferdinant M. Sonyuy Chair, Interim Secretariat.[embeddoc url=”https://www.sancda.org.za/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/INVITATION-to-the-1st-General-Assembly-of-the-AFRICA-NCDs-Networkrev.pdf” download=”all” viewer=”google”]

Build back fairer: The UK COVID-19 Marmot Review

Build back fairer: The UK COVID-19 Marmot Review

Read the executive summary here https://bit.ly/382ylHH

As the UK emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic ‘Build Back Better’ has become the mantra. Important, but we need to Build Back Fairer. The levels of social, environmental and economic inequality in society are damaging health and wellbeing

It was the principles of fairness and the need to do things differently that animated the concrete recommendations we set out in our February 10 Years On Review, just before the pandemic hit with such devastating intensity. Inequalities in mortality from COVID-19 and rising health inequalities as a result of social and economic impacts, have made such action even more important

The aim of this report is three-fold:

  • To examine inequalities in COVID-19 mortality. Focus is on inequalities in mortality among members of BAME groups and among certain occupations, alongside continued attention to the socioeconomic gradient in health – the more deprived the area, the worse COVID-19 mortality tends to be
  • To show the effects that the pandemic, and the societal response to contain the pandemic, have had on social and economic inequalities, their effects on mental and physical health, and their likely effects on health inequalities in the future
  • To make recommendations on what needs to be done

We urge that the Government learns the lessons of the pandemic, prioritises greater equity and health, and works urgently to reduce the severity of the health crisis caused by the economic and social impacts of the pandemic and the societal response.

#BuildBackFairer builds on recommendations in the 10 Years On and Marmot 2010 reports, which were to:

  • Give every child the best start in life
  • Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives
  • Create fair employment and good work for all
  • Ensure a healthy standard of living for all
  • Create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities
  • Strengthen the role and impact of ill health prevention

Fix the Patent Laws Coalition supports South Africa and India’s proposal to facilitate access to COVID-19 vaccines

The Fix the Patent Laws Coalition (FTPL), a group of over 40 organisations working to reform South Africa’s patent laws, welcomes the progressive proposal by South Africa and India for a waiver of all intellectual property in respect of COVID-19 related diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines. We have seen how a lack of access to COVID-19 medical tools threatens countries’ ability to respond to the virus, especially developing countries. We believe that this proposal will promote and expedite equitable access to all health technologies in all countries.

We call on all countries to support the proposal to the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council for a temporary waiver of all patents on products needed to test, treat or vaccinate against COVID-19, and to act with urgency. COVID-19 is a global health crisis, and one that affects working-class and poor people disproportionately. The world needs bold steps such as this that prioritise the needs of vulnerable populations above profits and above nationalism.

“While the waiver will not by itself lead to access to COVID-19 health technologies, it is an important step towards equitable access,” says Executive Director at SECTION27 and FTPL member Umunyana Rugege. “In South Africa, we would like to see the draft amendments to the Patents Act published without delay to ensure that the legal environment is readied for the introduction of a range of diagnostics, medicines and vaccines.”

The FTPL coalition has called on the South African government to take the following steps to help fight COVID-19:

  1. Put a temporary moratorium on granting patents on COVID-19 related products as they are proven effective.
  2. Automatic compulsory licensing of COVID-19 related health products with existing or pending patents.
  3. Fix the Patent Laws urgently to ensure use of all legal flexibilities to improve access to health products.

The South African government has shown exemplary leadership on the world stage to ensure that developing and middle-income countries are not left behind while wealthy nations secure deals with pharmaceutical companies, and that monopolies do not stand in the way of widespread African access to COVID-19 vaccines. This is an important opportunity for countries to stand in solidarity and support the call that would ensure all countries stand to benefit from efforts to fight the pandemic. 

South Africa’s leadership of the African Union and initiatives like the COVAX facility, and the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator have put solidarity before nationalism, and FTPL is fully behind our government in its quest to protect public health and ensure equitable access to medical products.

FTPL has joined a global community of civil society organisations calling for the urgent adoption of the Waiver. You can read the letter from civil society here.

Help – Calling all African people living with NCDs

Help – Calling all African people living with NCDs

Please help us to get the information we need by completing a few short online questions. What support do you, as a person living with NCDs want during COVID-19 and beyond?

The African NCDs Network is conducting a short questionnaire to help us understand how the people of Africa who live with NCDs (PLWNCDs) are challenged during the COVID-19?

The term PLWNCDs also includes family members, friend, care partners or caregivers currently living in Africa. It takes a group to survive an NCD.

By completing the survey you will tell policy makers and advocates like us how to support PLWNCDS and build back better after COVID-19 in Africa.

Closing date September 29, 2020.