UHC Responses to the Urgent Challenge of Multimorbidity and NCDs
Organised by NCD Alliance.
The global goal to provide universal health coverage (SDG3.8) is faced with the epidemiological shift towards increasing prevalence of NCDs worldwide and multimorbidity – the coexistence of two or more chronic conditions which may be infectious, noncommunicable or mental health conditions of long duration – as an urgent and increasing challenge. In Sub-Saharan Africa, NCDs will rise by 27% over the next 10 years, resulting in 28 million additional deaths. By 2030, deaths from NCDs in Africa “are projected to exceed deaths due to communicable, maternal, perinatal and nutritional diseases combined” (WHO).
Where silos are created between diseases and priorities in global health, too often, health systems are fragmented and oriented towards single-disease treatments, instead of adopting a life course, person-centred approach to health that provides people with the services and care they require for multiple chronic conditions. All health and social impact programmes must include the voices of the people most affected – those living with chronic health conditions, their careers, and marginalised populations.