NCDs are a neglected priority in the National Department of Health (NDoH) Annual Performance Plans (APP) which expires at the end of March. Only 4 /18 outcomes in programme 3 are NCD-related.
The bottom 2 rows in the table, require the re-development of national policies for mental health and obesity. Transparency and an inclusive process are problematic.
Our constitution calls for the meaningful involvement of civil society and people living with NCDs must be involve meaningfully. Together these conditions impact millions of South Africans and place increasing burden on the health system.
It would also be great to see the reviews of the existing policies which should come before a new policy.
The NCDs+ National Strategic Plan 2022-2027 was launched in May 2023 (see the top row in the table) Implying that the provinces will have be close to publishing the impemetion plans for obesity, diabetes and hypertension. I know there is lots hard work getting the plans ready. The MTSF makes it clear that NCDs budgets and implementation must happend in at the sumbnational level.