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Key Principles to Accelerate Progress in Noncommunicable Disease Care and Treatment

Kate Greene, Natasha Sakolsky, Jessica Daly, Rebecca Dirks, Constance Kekihembo, Miriam Rabkin, and Heather White


January 19, 2016
Recognizing the need for greater attention worldwide to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, implementers are increasingly putting NCD programs in place. This effort is yielding practice-based experiences and evidence that may not be systematically documented and shared, reflected in a limited body of peer-reviewed and gray literature and few platforms for knowledge exchange.

To draw on such knowledge that is grounded in experience, the authors gathered information through reviews of literature, local needs assessments, technical dialogues at the national and local levels, and structured global stakeholder engagement events to yield four principles that reflect the current state of knowledge on developing and implementing community-based services for health promotion and disease management. The key principles are outlined in this article.