NCD Child
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NCD Child

NCD Child is a global multi-stakeholder coalition, championing the rights and needs of children, adolescents, and young people living with or at risk of developing NCDs.

NCD Child is committed to the prevention and treatment of NCDs throughout the life-course. In collaboration with health professionals, NGOs, governments, private donors, and importantly, young people, we advocate for the rights of children, adolescents, and young people and promote policies to minimize preventable death and disability in young people.

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About NCD Child

NCD Child began as a child-focused working group of the NCD Alliance ahead of the September 2011 first UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs. It launched as a formal coalition, founded by CLAN (Caring & Living As Neighbors), an Australian-based NGO in 2012, to ensure the unique needs of children, adolescents, and young people remained a priority for countries, civil society organisations, and UN agencies.

The founding members of the coalition are American Youth Understanding Diabetes Abroad (AYUDA); Caring and Living as Neighbours (CLAN); Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI); International Pediatric Association (IPA); American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP); Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH); International Association for Adolescent Health (IAAH); Medtronic Foundation; Public Health Institute (PHI); Save the Children; The Geddes Group; and UNICEF.

In 2012, NCD Child published the Oakland Statement with the NCD community, advocating for the health needs of children and adolescents across the global NCD agenda. The Oakland Statement continues to provide guidance and context to NCD Child’s agenda.

In 2014, the Secretariat for NCD Child moved from CLAN to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), a US-based membership organisation of 67,000 pediatricians and pediatric medical subspecialists and surgical specialists dedicated to the health of all children. NCD Child continues to be a voice for the rights of children, adolescents, and young people at risk of, living with and affected by NCDs through education, raising awareness, and broader participation in the global health and development discourse.

NCD Child activities

As progress towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is monitored and countries implement national NCD plans, sustained advocacy is needed to (1) ensure nations prioritize interventions to prevent and manage NCDs in young people and (2) integrate NCD prevention and access to care into the flow of development assistance dedicated to maternal, child, and adolescent health. NCD Child focuses its advocacy efforts on ensuring children, adolescents, and young people are included in policy-making discussions, the resulting policy, and its implementation. It seeks to call attention to child and adolescent NCD issues and to highlight the discrepancies between the recent global commitment to a life-course approach to NCDs and current global targets, indicators, and key recommendations for health. NCD Child operationalises its mission by:

  • Promoting child-centered advocacy at the global (WHO/UN), regional (NCD advocacy workshop series), national, and local levels
  • Engaging and mentoring the next generation of NCD leaders by providing young people a platform to amplify their voices
  • Raising awareness on the unique needs of young people in the prevention, treatment, and management of NCDs via website, social media, newsletters, and issue briefs
  • Participating in high-level working groups and offering on draft frameworks, declarations, etc., to champion the inclusion of youth in all policies


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