Dialogue Series on Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill about 40 million people annually. Comprising chronic lung diseases, diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular diseases, NCDs are the result of a characteristic Western, predominantly urban lifestyle and negative environmental factors. Almost three-quarters of global NCD deaths arise from low or middle income countries, where the incidence of NCDs is on the rise. Key to responding to this rise will be a smart urban development strategy in combination with effective social services including healthcare, education, healthy foods and beverages, fitness and sports, community services, housing and basic urban infrastructure and urban services.The dialogue series will look for practical measures and innovative solutions for public and private cooperation in the NCD agenda in the context of the System Initiative on Shaping the Future of Health and Healthcare. The series will be designed to leverage the previous work on NCDs from the World Economic Forum and the outputs of the Human-centric Health project, overcome decades of distrust between public and private sector stakeholder groups by co-creating knowledge and develop insights and a joint vision for how to advance specific areas of the NCD agenda.It will provide a platform to discuss ideas, tools and the architecture in which public and private stakeholders can accelerate the path towards building an eco-system where being healthy and having access to NCD treatment is the easiest option. 

It does this by:–Providing a platform where government and business leaders can discuss how to accelerate NCD prevention and control–Supporting other major NCD initiatives, such as the World Health Organization’s Independent High Level Commission on NCDs