Japan is breaking new ground in efforts to bring global health to the forefront of both private and public sector agendas. As the host of this year’s G20 Summit, Japan is leading the international dialogue on inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and along the way, advocating for universal health coverage (UHC).

In the lead up to the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), which begins this week, this edition of Access Today examines the evolving role Japan is playing in global health and the progress being driven by our member companies. Currently, the seven Access Accelerated member companies headquartered in Japan lead 19 programs addressing five NCDs in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
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Access Accelerated returned to Kenya on 28 February and 1 March for the non-communicable diseases (NCD) stakeholder meeting, “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs,” cohosted with the Ministry of Health and NCD Alliance Kenya in Naivasha, Kenya.

With representation from the Kenyan government across ministries and attendees that spanned civil society, representatives from 12 Access Accelerated member companies, people living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) and government officials from six African nations, the meeting provided a forum to reflect on progress made and recommit to increasing access to NCD treatment and care in the context of the country’s push toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC).Read More

In the days leading up to the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs, Access Accelerated and IFPMA convened partners and stakeholders at a UN General Assembly side event, “Working Together to Translate Words into Action: NCD Prevention, Treatment and Care.” Held on 25 September at the Harvard Club of New York City, speakers discussed the progress made in one of the initial Access Accelerated focus countries, Kenya, and reaffirmed the commitment to decisive, sustained action on global and local NCD priorities. 

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Welcome to the March 2018 issue of Access Today, a monthly email newsletter from Access Accelerated with news and updates on the global fight against non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
NCDs will represent the largest share of the total disease burden in all countries—irrespective of income level—by 2030. And with NCDs accounting for 27 percent of deaths suffered by people between the ages of 30 and 70 years (equivalent to almost 370,000 people per year), Kenya is no exception.
To explore new solutions, the Kenya Ministry of Health, World Bank Group, AMPATH and Access Accelerated launched the first NCD county pilots at an event in Naivasha, Kenya last week. The pilots will integrate NCD services into primary healthcare in two Kenyan counties: Busia and Trans Nzoia.
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