65th WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY - Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

Published: 22 May 2012 12:24 CET

Statement by Dr Ayham Alomari, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Ladies and gentlemen,
Distinguished guests,

Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC).

We at the IFRC strongly believe that including Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in our health programmes is consistent with our Red Cross Red Crescent Strategy 2020 to enable healthy and safe living. We have developed our Framework for NCDs Prevention and Control. The framework focuses on prevention, innovation & research, monitoring & evaluation, partnership and advocacy.

Ladies and gentleman, prevention has to start at the community level, with people being better informed and better equipped to take care of their own health. And this is precisely where our National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies can play a critical role in contributing to this global effort. In their auxiliary role to governments, National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies could work hand in hand with national authorities and other actors to provide qualitative programmes and services.

The volunteer potential remains vital for the implementation of any NCD plan at country level within a community-based health approach with a special focus on a holistic approach rather than a vertical disease intervention.

We commend Member States on their action towards fulfilling commitments in the Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs adopted at the UN High Level Meeting in September 2011. The Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies commit to supporting Member States and WHO in the global, regional and national actions for NCDs prevention and control. We call on Member States to:

- Support a comprehensive Global Monitoring Framework and Targets with a clear focus on prevention and eliminating shared risk factors.
- Put NCDs at the heart of development agenda and ensure that health and NCDs are included in the outcomes of Rio+20, which will be a key process in determining the post-2015 Development framework.

NCDs will also require multi-stakeholders solutions. No one single player from the public or private sector working in silo can tackle the NCDs challenges. We need to dialogue, we need to address some of the fundamental issues – we have a duty to move solutions to NCDs forward and put on the table what is needed to make these solutions work.

Thank you.