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Meeting the challenge of NCD | Global Heart | Volume 7, Issue 1, pp. 1-2

“As was the case with HIV, action against noncommunicable diseases at the local and national levels must be joined by efforts to build capacity and share best practices across borders and continents. […] By conclusively demonstrating principles for effective implementation, we can help to overcome the shortsightedness and search for quick fixes that often characterize times of financial instability. We cannot afford not to act now — the cost of inaction is unacceptable.”

Hon. Min. Agnes Binagwaho’s commentary on the challenge of noncommunicable diseases serves as the preface to a Global Heart special issue on “Supporting Country-Led Approaches to NCD Prevention and Control.” In the commentary, Hon. Min. Binagwaho uses the HIV/AIDS epidemic as a point of comparison and urges that the international community must act quickly to address the challenge of NCDs by “equipping health systems with the means to adequately prevent, treat, and monitor this group of complex chronic conditions, which together account for more than 60% of all deaths.”