UN / DEFEAT NCD LAUNCH

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The United Nations launched today a global initiative called Defeat NCD Partnership to help tackle a global health challenge - the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The public–private–people partnership will be hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and includes governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropic foundations and the private sector. UNIFEED

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STORY: UN / DEFEAT NCD LAUNCH
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DATELINE: 24 SEPTEMBER 2018, NEW YORK CITY

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1. Exterior, UN Headquarters
2. Zoom in, speakers coming to stakeout
3. Close up, Kapila speaking
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Chief Executive, Defeat NCD Partnership:
“It’s a public-private-people partnership and it is targeted at scaling up action against non-communicable diseases, which as you know, are the world’s biggest killers.”
5. Close up, Kapila speaking
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Chief Executive, Defeat NCD Partnership:
“This condition of non-communicable diseases – diabetes, hypertension, cancers and lung diseases, they affect rich and poor and all countries in the world. It is truly a unifying issue, if you wish. Or unifying challenge. And that’s why it is appropriate that it should be here in the United Nations in a sense, coming together in a common assault on this problem.”
7. Close up, Kapila speaking
8. Wide shot,
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Grete Faremo, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director, UNOPS:
“Our role will be to build an online platform that connect vendors and suppliers of medicines, of diagnostics, of advisory services, under the auspices of the World Health Organization. We can do procurement more efficiently and also, with greater impact. And we are really looking forward to use what is our key skills in helping this initiative grow.”
10. Zoom out, end of stakeout

STORYLINE:

The United Nations launched today (24 Sep) a global initiative called Defeat NCD Partnership to help tackle a global health challenge - the noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The public–private–people partnership will be hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) and includes governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropic foundations and the private sector.

Speaking to reporters after the event, the chief executive of the Defeat NCD Partnership, Dr. Mukesh Kapila said the partnership “is targeted at scaling up action against non-communicable diseases, which as you know, are the world’s biggest killers.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), in 2016, the non-communicable diseases – namely diabetes, hypertension, cancers and lung diseases, have led to 40.5 milion or 75 percent of deaths globally.

Dr Kapila said “it is truly a unifying issue, if you wish. Or unifying challenge. And that’s why it is appropriate that it should be here in the United Nations in a sense, coming together in a common assault on this problem.”

Grete Faremo, the Executive Director of UNOPS explained that the role of UNOPS in the partnership will be “to build an online platform that connect vendors and suppliers of medicines, of diagnostics, of advisory services, under the auspices of the World Health Organization” adding in “we are really looking forward to use what is our key skills in helping this initiative grow.”

The burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are on the rise in low-resource countries due to rapid demographic, sociocultural and economic transitions. The impacts of these transitions and their health and economic consequences are already evident.

Adults in low-resource countries face the highest risks of dying before reaching the age of 70 from one of the four main NCDs – almost double the rate for adults in
high-income countries.

The Defeat NCD Partnership will drive action in order to help governments to strengthen key institutions and develop practical costed action plans, increase the provision of NCD services through community action and strengthen the health system, expand the consistent availability of affordable essential medicines, diagnostics and technologies for NCDs and support the low-resource countries in securing financing to achieve universal health coverage for NCDs
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