IAPO Statement on EB148/6 – Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

We welcome the WHO DG’s report EB148/6 and recognise it as a timely report on the progress achieved in the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases and the promotion of mental health.
It was fortuitus that the commitment to promote mental health and well-being was enshrined within the 5 x 5 NCD agenda in 2019.

In 2020, our member organisation surveys reported a new mental health crisis developing as COVID-19 has disrupted all NCD programmes in all Member States across the whole spectrum of health care from health promotion to prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, and palliative care.This has built up a huge reservoir of health care burden in the increased NCD mortality and morbidity, and mental health problems to follow as patients have either not been able to access timely, quality, and safe health care, or the patients have through fear of infection refused to attended screening services and follow-on chemotherapy, radiology, and other treatment clinics. Lack of access to NCD services is brewing a new ‘pandemic’ of mental health and wellbeing.

IAPO welcomes this discussion and the two Director General’s Report EB148/7 Report EB 148/ 9 Expanding access to treatments. This discussion is timely as all Member States are planning on not only restoring their NCD and Mental Health Care services that were disrupted by COVID-19 back to normal, but also to build back better prepared health care systems.