Request for amendments to the zero draft on NCDs for the Political Declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases
The current zero draft (dated 6 June) has no mention or inclusion of palliative care at all for people with Non-Communicable Diseases despite this being a crucial part of the continuum of care and part of the essential spectrum of health services as part of Universal Health Coverage. It is estimated (WHO/WHPCA, 2014) that over 37 million people living with NCDS need palliative care worldwide, yet only a fraction receive it.
The WHPCA requests the following amendments to the zero draft outcome statement:
Between OP 13- 14 –
“Strengthen health systems to include palliative care as an integral component of treatment within the continuum of care and ensure the adequate availability of internationally controlled essential medicines in palliative care, including for the management of pain, while preventing their diversion and abuse.”
2. Reference to Universal Health Coverage within the Zero Draft should include reference to palliative care as part of the essential spectrum of health services as defined by WHO. We support the NCD Alliance submission on this issue.
OP13: Recognize the reciprocal relationship between universal health coverage, including financial risk protection, and NCD prevention and control, ensuring that national UHC packages include services for NCDs and mental health and neurological conditions, particularly for the poorest and most vulnerable populations, and the importance of strengthening national health systems, with an emphasis on primary care, to deliver prevention, treatment and care for NCDs, including patient empowerment, rehabilitation, and palliative care for all people living with or at risk of NCDs;