Online course:
NCD Diplomacy in a Globalised World

 From 14 May to 15 June 2018

Addressing the Challenges of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Epidemics

  • Address the complexity and politics of interventions to tackle NCDs
  • Understand the global NCD governance mechanisms and their impact on national policy making
  • Five-week online course with experts from the international NCD community

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 40 million people every year, causing 70% of all deaths globally. Despite the persistent misconception that NCDs impact only rich and elderly, over 80% of premature death from these diseases occurs in low- and middle- income countries, severely influencing poor and vulnerable population. Target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) identifies the importance of preventing premature deaths from NCDs and integrates mental health. In order to achieve this target and make progress in NCDs control, the complexity of this epidemics needs to be recognised and both risk factors and determinants of NCDs be addressed. A cross-sectoral approach has to be applied that engages a wide-range of actors – from government to business - at different levels within health and outside the health sector.

This course will highlight the importance of a multi-actor, multi-level and multi-sector approach, stressing the need for policy coherence at national level. It is therefore a timely follow-up from the WHO Global Conference on NCDs in Montevideo held in October 2017 launched at a time when the intergovernmental preparatory process of the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on NCDs to be held in September 2018 has started. This third HLM Meeting on NCDs is an important milestone in the fight against the epidemics and is an equally important example for global health diplomacy. 

The following weekly learning objectives will enable you to:

  • Identify and critically appraise the modern, dynamic global health landscape – including shifts in epidemiology, leadership, priorities and policy;
  • Recognise and analyse the major global political forums and technical platforms for NCD diplomacy to date;
  • Assess, evaluate and apply an NCD-focused approach to national and international health policy;
  • Draw, analyse and critique the multilateral diplomacy milieu for the new health agenda;
  • Recognise and compare contemporary tools for global health diplomacy; and their applications.

Successful participants will receive a certificate of attendance from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.