Ghana Non-Communicable Diseases (Ghana NCD Alliance – GhNCDA) was formed in 2017 and officially registered on 11th January, 2018 under the leadership of Vision for Alternative Development.
Key members of the Ghana NCD Alliance are Vision for Alternative Development, Alzheimer’s Ghana, Stroke Association Support Network, Breast Care International, Institute of Leadership and Development and Socioserv Ghana. Others include Media Alliance in Tobacco Control or Health, Community Health Support Team, Sharecare Ghana, Ark lifestyle Foundation and Ghana Alcohol Policy Alliance.
The GhNCDA is a network of Non-Governmental Organizations working in diverse areas of health and development. The formation of the GhNCDA was necessitated due to the rising health burden associated with NCDs in Ghana and the world at large.
Our programme areas are: Advocacy and training, Health promotion, Meaningfully Involvement of people living with NCDs, Health system strengthening, policy and legislation support, Coordination and cross-sectorial engagement, Community mobilization and monitoring.
The GhNCDA has since its inception participated in national and international events. It convened a national stakeholder’s high level meeting that sought to raise the profile of NCDs and the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs.
The GhNCDA organized a national meeting of people living with NCDs titled “Ensuring a people centred approach to Ghana’s NCDs response”. This was to identify priorities and provide recommendations for Ghana’s Advocacy Agenda of people living with NCDs.
We have had one on one engagements with top government officials and institutions such as the Minister of Health and Minister of Planning, Ghana Health Service, Special Advisor to the President on SDGs, leadership of the Parliament Select Committee on Health, the chair of the inter-ministerial committee on SDGs, Food and Drugs Authority etc. to discuss the importance of NCD interventions and the need for government to prioritize NCDs.
The GhNCDA held a High Level multi-sectorial meeting on NCDs ahead of the 3rd UN High Level Meeting on NCDs last year to remind government of its NCDs commitments and the need for government participation in High Level Meeting (HLM). It also held a High Level multi-sectorial meeting on NCDs ahead of the UN High Level Meeting on the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in 2019 to remind goverment of its NCDs commitments and the need to prioritize NCDs in the context of Ghana UHC.
We have also developed NCD policy briefs and NCD awareness material to create, sensitize and inform policy makers and the general public.