The European Union joins forces with partners to defeat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries

The European Union joins forces with partners to defeat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in developing countries


Today Director-General for International Cooperation and Development Stefano Manservisi announced the European Union's support to the Defeat-NCD Partnership. The Partnership was officially launched at a side event of the 73rd UN General Assembly in New York hosted by Denmark, Tanzania and the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). The European Union joins the Partnership alongside Denmark and several other partners and has pledged to contribute with EUR 3 million. 

"Prevention and control of NCDs require robust health systems based on work across sectors and actors. Noncommunicable diseases represent a real threat for the development of partner countries and innovative approaches including public-private partnerships and innovative financing should be pursued." said Stefano Manservisi

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)- cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases – are the biggest killers of our time and some 80 percent of NCDs deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries. NCDs are associated with poverty and inequality within and across countries.

Hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Defeat-NCD Partnership includes governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropic foundations and the private sector, and will focus on four areas: 

  • Helping governments to strengthen key national institutions and develop practical plans of action
  • Boosting NCD service provision through community action and the strengthening of health systems
  • Expanding affordable provision of essential NCD medicines, diagnostics and technologies through an innovative marketplace
  • Mobilising additional financial assistance and investment to sustain the long-term services required for these chronic, often life-long, conditions.

The EU support to the Defeat NCDs partnership is part of the EU effort to support partner countries in tackling the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases and is one of the components of an ambitious health system strengthening programme with the Africa, Caribbean, and Pacific Group of States 


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