Sharjah NCDs declaration adopted: civil society united towards 2030

Over 600x400_Forum_new-1_edit_2200 civil society representatives from 6 contents adopted the Sharjah Declaration on NCDs  at the first Global NCD Alliance forum. South Africa was represented  Elize Joubert (CEO CANSA) and Vicki Pinkney-Atkinson. Click here to download the declaration.

The SA NCD Alliance committed to support the 2030 Agenda (code for Sustainable Development Goals) by:

  • Joining forces – working together;
  • Accelerating NCDs action by advocating for change;
  • Increasing accountability for NCDs by monitoring progress. (see NCDs Score Card.)

We call on the SA government and policy makers to:

  • Encourage high-level government authorities across all sectors to champion NCD prevention and control and integrate NCDs into national development plans and frameworks;
  • Accelerate the implementation of agreed plans, political commitments, targets and goals, and promote evidence-based, affordable and cost-effective, population-wide interventions;
  • Allocate adequate, sustained human and financial resources to NCD prevention and control;
  • Protect public health policies from interference by vested interests, particularly from the alcohol, tobacco and food and beverage industries, and from legal challenges under international trade and investment agreements;
  • Protect the fundamental human right to health and create environments that empower individuals, families and communities to make healthy choices and lead healthy lives;
  • Ensure all people living with NCDs have access to affordable, quality NCD services, medicines and technologies, across the entire continuum of care, including palliative care;
  • Engage civil society and people living with or affected by NCDs in policy development, implementation, coordination mechanisms and monitoring, and provide capacity-building to NCD alliances and networks, particularly in low- and middle-income countries;
  • Establish robust and transparent monitoring and evaluation systems in order to regularly report on NCD policy progress and health outcomes at national, regional and global level.

Citizen-accountability for health – transparency

Until a woman from the poorest family in the most crowded slum can be sure that her local clinic will have the medicine and staffing her government has promised, global health will remain uncertain

A great read from World Vision’s  Policy Report: Grassroots to global: 7 steps to Citizen-Driven Accountability for the Sustainable Development Goals

This is what the SA NCD Alliance supports. Do you?

Step 2 Work Together: Support collaboration among accountability actors, and aggregate citizen-generated information about the quality of service delivery at the subnational level
7 step accountability blue print