Agenda item 13.2 Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, and mental health
The non-state actors (NSAs) supporting this constituency statement include: Framework Convention Alliance / Global Alliance for Tobacco Control, Global Health Council, Handicap International Federation, International College of Surgeons, International Council of Nurses, International Diabetes Federation, International Federation of Medical Students Associations, NCD Alliance, PATH, Sightsavers, Union for International Cancer Control, Vital Strategies, World Cancer Research Fund International, and World Heart Federation.
We welcome the updated Appendix 3 of the Global NCD Action Plan, and we also support the statement led by UICC. In particular, we commend the expansion of cost-effectiveness analyses to new interventions, parameters, and country data, which reinforces their investment case.
More specifically, we applaud:
- The changes made to healthy diets interventions with cost-effectiveness analyses, now targeting and specifying unhealthy nutrients beyond salt (sugars, trans-fats, saturated fats); and the call for countries to develop national dietary guidelines and nutrient profile models;
- The changes made to the tobacco control interventions, including specifying the pharmacological interventions recommended for tobacco cessation.
We urge Member States to:
- Support the draft decision adopting the updated Appendix 3 and allowing WHO to
regularly update its interventions based on the latest data and evidence;
- Resource and integrate NCD prevention and care interventions within Appendix 3 into UHC benefit packages –health promotion and disease prevention are core elements of the continuum of care and, as such, the realization of UHC requires accelerated national implementation of Appendix 3;
- Sensitize all government sectors about the health, social and economic return on investment of these interventions, in line with seeking a well-being economy.
We urge WHO to:
- Establish a clear and inclusive regular update mechanism for Appendix 3 that is protected against undue influence from health-harming industries;
- Shed light on Appendix 3 methodology, including how reference studies are selected;
- Develop guidance on prioritization and the benefits of combining Appendix 3
interventions, and consider interventions to control common NCD co-morbidities;
- Integrate population-wide interventions within Appendix 3 into WHO’s UHC compendium;
- Integrate existing and upcoming policy options on mental health, oral health, and air pollution into the NCD response;
- Before its publication, retain the term ‘best buys’ as a well-recognised and easily understood signal to policymakers.