Submission by NCD Child to the Updated Revised Draft Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) 2013-2020
NCD Child recognises that the final Global Action Plan (GAP) for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) will be instrumental to the prevention and control of NCDs. As such, NCD Child acknowledges the significant improvements that are being made to the revised drafts in terms of clarity, coherence, and comprehensiveness. NCD Child does however recommend that there are still enormous opportunities to strengthen the GAP in its life-course approach, specifically in regards to inclusivity, increased focus on early interventions, and the meaningful expansion of age groups of beneficiaries wherever possible. Although GAP states the importance of integrating strategies across the life-course, the objectives, targets, and indicators do not currently sufficiently capture this priority. In addition, NCD Child recommends making the social determinants of health a focus and priority in the comprehensive prevention, treatment and management of NCDs.