Lived experience to strengthen the case for NCDs as part of UK aid

The Global Week of Action on NCDs is a good opportunity to write about our latest initiative, which is funded by the NCD Alliance’s Solidarity Fund for NCDs and COVID-19. This fund is helping members around the world to make the case for prioritising and investing in NCDs as part of an equitable Covid-19 response and recovery. At the UK Working Group on NCDs, we will contribute to this goal by bringing together two particularly important aspects of addressing NCDs: first, by tapping into the deep understanding of the need for action that lived experience brings,* and, secondly, by addressing the impact on global health and NCDs of the recent swingeing cuts by the UK government to overseas development assistance. These ODA cuts are frightening in their extent – ratcheting down from 0.7% of GDP to just 0.5% (coming, of course, on top of a contraction of GDP due to Covid-19). It is a broken promise by the government, which prior to the last general election had committed to maintaining the 0.7% level – and will have far-reaching consequences across myriad areas of development, including health.

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NEW: Writing/advocacy consultancy with the UK Working Group on NCDs

The UK Working Group on Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) is delighted to announce an exciting part-time opportunity for two consultants with lived experience of NCDs to work with us for four months to raise the voice and share the perspectives of people with lived experience of NCDs on the UK international aid cuts and look at the impact of the cuts on the global response to NCDs.

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