On September 6, 2021, the Global NCD Alliance launched the Global Charter on Meaningful Involvement of People Living with Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) with the aim of harnessing the value of a lived experience in health policy, programming and decision making. With the Charter, the NCD Alliance is calling on organizations to have meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs embedded into their organizational practices. Further, the Charter is geared towards mobilizing all stakeholders including governments, international partners, private sector and civil society organization to act on NCDs.
While the Charter is a momentous step towards reducing the burden of NCDs, there is a growing body of need for organizations and individuals to be properly sensitized/educated on the document. Dissemination of the Charter is very crucial, owing to the fact that it has to be endorsed by all actors who wish to advance the goals and aspirations espoused in the document.
In the run up to the Global Week for Action on NCDs, which usually takes place in September every year, I was, together with other NCDs advocates, involved in the dissemination of the Charter. I implored the stakeholders to equally disseminate the Charter and consequently endorse it. I was also keen to challenge organizations to commit themselves to reducing the burden of NCDs by ensuring that they faithfully implement the 10 key strategies outlined in the Charter. The Global Charter lays out 10 key strategies to guarantee that the voices and concerns of people living with NCDs are considered in the response to the epidemic. It underlines that meaningful involvement is crucial at all stages – from design and planning, through to implementation, monitoring and evaluation of NCD initiatives. The Global Charter is now open for endorsements from civil society organizations, governments, international partners and the private sector. Progress on meaningful involvement will be tracked and key successes showcased.
Watch the overview in the link below.
Read more: https://ncdalliance.org/what-we-do/capacity-development/our-views-our-voices/global-charter-on-meaningful-involvement-of-people-living-with-ncds
The Charter: https://ourviewsourvoices.org/global-charter