Launch of Ghana Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs
NCD Alliance

Launch of the Ghana Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs

27th May 2019

The response  to the  growing NCDs epidemic that is accounting for 94,000 preventable deaths in Ghana each year will be strengthened by the involvement of  people living with NCDs with the launch last week in Accra of the Ghana Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs, developed by the Ghana NCD Alliance (GhNCDA) in consultation with over 100 people living with NCDs and health stakeholders.   

NCDs – including cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes – are responsible for 43% of all deaths in Ghana. On 21 May 2019, the Ministry of Health launched the Ghana Advocacy Agenda for People Living with NCDs in Accra, in the presence of representatives from Ghana NCD Alliance, WHO Country Office and people living with NCDs.

“Ghana cannot afford to exclude NCDs from its national health and development agendas any longer and nor can it ignore the role that those people living with NCDs  must play in policy making if we are to turn back an epidemic that is ripping communities apart and forcing catastrophic, out of pocket health expenditures,” said Labram M. Musah, coordinator of the GhNCDA and who is also the Programmes Director at Vision for Alternative Development (VALD)in Accra.

Ghana has made some progress on strengthening policy response to NCDs. However, implementation of these national laws and policies remain weak. People living with NCDs, who have long-term experience with the health system, play a vital role in improving prevention and control of NCDs.

The Agenda serves to strengthen the NCD response at national, regional and local levels in Ghana. It is a compass for civil society and people living with NCDs to demand action from decision makers, urge them to meet commitments, and to put people first. 

Download the Ghana Advocacy Agenda here