While non-communicable diseases (NCDs) exact a heavy burden on populations and governments around the world, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, it is not clear that they will be included or prioritized within the new development agenda to replace the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) programme that ends in 2015.
Devi Sridhar from the University of Edinburgh and colleagues argue in this week’s PLOS Medicine that if non-communicable diseases are included in the new health goals, it is likely they will be included “via the broad umbrella of healthy life expectancy, or the sector-specific target of universal health coverage (UHC) or access,” say the authors. But they argue: healthy life expectancy or universal health coverage, “as currently conceived are unlikely to adequately incorporate NCDs that require alternative health system mechanisms and clear governmental intervention.”
Go4Health is a research project funded by the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program, grant HEALTH-F1-2012-305240, and by the Australian Government’s NH&MRC-European Union Collaborative Research Grants, grant 1055138. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
Sridhar D, Brolan CE, Durrani S, Edge J, Gostin LO, et al. (2013) Recent Shifts in Global Governance: Implications for the Response to Non-communicable Diseases. PLoS Med 10(7): e1001487. doi:10.1371/ journal.pmed.1001487