November 24, 2020
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are recognised as the leading cause of death and disability in the world, disrupting people’s lives, our societies and the global economy. The NCD Alliance has launched a new publication – Towards an inclusive NCD agenda: A collection of lived experiences from around the world – that aims to illustrate the lived experiences and realities of people living with a wide range of NCD conditions – including cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases and other rarer conditions.
The need and value of putting people first in the response to the rising prevalence and impact of NCDs has gained recognition among policymakers and there is growing acknowledgement that an increasing number of people are living with multiple NCD conditions.
Across 21 testimonials generously shared by people living with NCDs and care partners from around the world, the publication explains the commonalities in needs and challenges across the different conditions and contributes to the efforts of the NCD community to frame an inclusive NCD agenda.
Heather Koga from Zimbabwe lives with type 2 diabetes, hypertension and obesity and is a member of the IDF Blue Circle Voices network. She shares her story of the challenges that managing multiple conditions can bring.