The UK Working Group on NCDs joins the world in its shock at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, and we echo Dr Tedros’s deep concern about the unfolding humanitarian disaster.
Non-communicable diseases are a hidden health crisis in this specific humanitarian setting and in the many other conflicts and crises around the world. Statistics from the WHO’s Ukraine Health Cluster (see image below) show that, over the next three months, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and mental health conditions will be among the most urgent health risks in Ukraine, alongside injuries/trauma and Covid-19.
The UK Working Group on NCDs is conducting an online surveyto 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.
On 12 January 2022, the UK Working Group on Non-communicable Diseases launched a report on Non-communicable Diseases and UK Aid in the Era of COVID-19, commissioned from two consultants with lived experience of NCDs – Dr Zipporah Ali and Dr Helena Davies – who present their thoughts on the project in this guest blog.