UKWG survey: NCD prevention and management in LMICs using a life course approach

The UK Working Group on NCDs is conducting an online survey to find out more about how organisations working on the prevention and treatment of NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) understand and utilise the life course approach in their work.

We invite you to complete this survey and have extended the deadline to Friday 4 February 2022, and it should take no more than 15 minutes. Anonymised findings will be published in a report, which will be available from the end of March 2022 on the UKWG website. This report will be shared with policymakers and researchers.

Background

The World Health Organization emphasises the need to prevent and manage NCDs using a life course approach. This approach stresses the lifelong implications of NCD prevention and early management on good health in later life, and even in the next generation. Taking a life course approach is central to meeting the objectives of universal health care, as it promotes health at every stage of life, including at the end of life. In practice, taking a life course approach typically means adapting an intervention to improve acceptability and effectiveness among one or more specific life stages (preconception, pregnancy, infancy, childhood, youth, adulthood and older adulthood), as well as during key transitions within or between life stages (such as high-school graduation or retirement).

We are interested in hearing from representatives from organisations globally that focus on the prevention and treatment of NCDs about:

  • their views on the life course approach (including if they have never heard of this term); and
  • their experiences of adopting this approach into implementing health services, advocacy campaigns, research, policymaking and/or other projects.

The survey is available here.

Who is conducting the survey?

The UK Working Group on NCDs conceived, designed and disseminated this survey and will analyse the survey findings. The UKWG is a network of over 20 UK-based national and international NGOs and research organisations, which work together to draw attention to the urgent need to address the burden of NCDs as an international development priority. It is a member of the NCD Alliance.

Representatives from three organisations within the working group are leading data collection for this survey. These are the Global Alliance for Chronic DiseasesNCD Child and Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance.    

Other information

The Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases is also currently accepting applications for implementation research projects that take a life course approach to preventing and reducing common NCD risk factors in LMICs and in disadvantaged populations in high-income countries. Multidisciplinary, international teams comprised of both researchers and non-researchers are encouraged to apply. Unless otherwise noted, the deadline is 31 May 2022.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Alyssa Chase-Vilchez, programme manager, Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.

Thank you in advance.

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