The 2023 Global Week for Action on NCDs aims to deliver one clear message to governments, donors, international agencies, and the private sector:
The moment for caring is now.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) continue to kill around 41 million people each year. They cause 74% of all deaths worldwide and half of all global disability. If no clear action is taken to reverse this trend, deaths from NCDs could rise to 52 million a year in 2030.
So then why is the prevention of and care for NCDs like cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases underfunded, in all countries, and at all income levels?
Half of the world’s population still cannot access essential health services. Millions are pushed into extreme poverty every year by healthcare costs. This applies especially to people living with NCDs, who must cover their own healthcare costs out-of-pocket more often than people affected by other health conditions.
Yet the right to health is a human right, and world leaders have committed to ensure that everyone has access to healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay, by 2030 – this is known as Universal Health Coverage (UHC).
The moment to act on UHC and NCDs, the moment for caring, is now.