Non-Communicable Diseases Series 2013

The Lancet: February 12, 2013

Executive Summary

This latest Series on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) builds on previous Lancet Series (2010, 2007, 2005), and on a landmark high-level United Nations NCD meeting convened in September 2011. The aim of the new Series is to set out clear plans for countrywide implementation of NCD plans in the post-MDG era, towards the unified goal of ’25 by 25’—reducing NCD mortality worldwide by 2025.The first paper emphasizes the importance of embedding NCDs into post 2015 MDG strategy, essential if the ’25 by 25′ target is to be achieved; paper 2 details NCD countrywide approaches including planning, implementation, accountability, and the importance of a National NCD Commission to monitor progress. An affordable step-wise approach will be the key to successful NCD implementation. Other papers discuss reducing health inequalities, ‘unhealthy commodities’ such as the food and drink industries, and of the importance of the scaling-up of access to vital medicines, especially the need for wider availability of affordable generic drugs. Read more