Concluding the NCD Synergies inaugural meeting today in Kigali, Rwanda, Agnes Binagwaho, MD, Rwandan Minister of Health, has proposed an ambitious new target of 80% reduction of mortality rate due to chronic diseases for those under 40 years old by 2020.
In comparison, the World Health Organization asks for a 25% reduction in premature deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2025 (http://www.who.int/nmh/global_monitoring_framework/en/index.html).
To date, approaches to planning for, funding, and implementing integrated NCD services have predominantly been developed in resource rich environments and then disseminated to health planners and practitioners in low income countries. With this meeting, Rwanda and neighboring countries are taking the fight against NCDs in their own hands and call for others to join.
Next week, July 22-26, we will host a virtual expert panel with a group of participants and speakers to debrief and carry forward the momentum for this initiative. More details coming soon.
What do you think about this new target? Use the hastags #80x40x20 if you agree!
Thank you, Sophie
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