Professions and organisations with expertise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) discussed ways of putting these conditions at the heart of national health priorities at a World Health Organization “virtual dialogue meeting”.
WCPT representative Anders Raustorp was among those participating, contributing information about current projects and future plans to implement effective NCD responses in individual countries.
The virtual meeting, convened by WHO’s Global Coordination Mechanism on NCDs, was a follow-up to a meeting held in Geneva last December where participants discussed how to strengthen international cooperation to control NCDs. The virtual discussion was conducted online over several days in January, with participants submitting written statements and responses.
It provided an opportunity to explore how countries could fulfil their NCD commitments in the context of the United Nations sustainable development goals 2015-2030, which include a global target to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by one third.
Participants were asked: “What are we as individuals, member states, civil society and partners currently doing to develop integrated health-in-all-policies to effectively implement NCD responses at the country level?”
Anders Raustorp responded with information highlighting the importance of physical activity in the prevention and control of NCDs, citing examples of important physical therapy initiatives internationally and physical activity on prescription in Sweden.
”I emphasised the need to scale up inter- and intra-professional collaboration within our strategies to ensure a holistic vision of management and prevention which recognises the vitally important role physiotherapists and others play in combatting NCDs,” he says. He also drew attention to the role and influence of WCPT.