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On behalf of Civil Society Organization of Bangladesh, Eminence vibrantly participates in  the global technical consultation to devise Global Action Plan (GAP) 2013-2020 for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. As one of the most active members of Technical Task Team, Eminence delineates the country situation of non-communicable diseases and therefore, makes recommendations for GAP in the context.

The objective of this technical consultation was to consider country level context of non communicable diseases and to take action plan accordingly. To meet the objective a regional NCDA Task Team was formed to provide analysis and recommendations on the GAP and to fix NCDA strategy and advocacy positions throughout the World Health Organization (WHO) consultation process.


The GAP 2013-2020, a critical component of a comprehensive Global NCD Framework will define priorities for NCD prevention and control for the next seven years, and recommend clear actions for all sectors. These actions will help countries achieve the global voluntary targets included in the Global Monitoring Framework. The GAP 2013-2020 is due to be adopted at the 66th World Health Assembly in May 2013.

WHO’s current 2008-2013 Action Plan on NCDs has guided the global response to NCDs for four years. WHO is now leading a consultative process to develop the next Global NCD Action Plan for 2013-2020?

It is to be noted that on Friday 11 January 2013, WHO released the first draft of the Global Action Plan 2013-2020, based onthe Zero Draft published in October 2012, which takes outcomes of informal and formal consultations with Member States, UN agencies, NGOs and the role of private sector in 2012 into account

The GAP will provide the framework for the global NCD response over the coming years, guiding action by all stakeholders (UN agencies, member states, civil society, and the private sector). However, the timeline to finalize the GAP is short and opportunities to influence are limited.

The Task Team will be consulted on an ad-hoc basis between January and May 2013. The main output of the group will be a detailed analysis and commentary on the GAP by mid-February, to influence the final round of WHO consultations. This will include specific recommendations on the objectives, proposed actions and targets in the GAP, identifying key elements that are missing or need strengthening. The NCD Alliance team will provide further guidance on this shortly, in which they will take advocacy, development and national action, Prevention, Treatment and health systems, Research, monitoring and surveillance into consideration.




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