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Video15 July 2024

IFC’s Farid Fezoua calls for private sector collaboration to bridge NCD financing gap

  With over a decade of experience in enabling healthcare delivery in Africa, Farid Fezoua of the International Finance Corporation (IFC) emphasizes the urgent need for a multisectoral approach to…

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Guest essay1 July 2024

Reflections on my first year as Director of Access Accelerated

A year ago, I embarked on my journey as Director of Access Accelerated, bringing with me a long history of supporting global noncommunicable disease (NCD) policy and advocacy efforts, including…

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Newsletter27 June 2024

Access Today: June 2024 Newsletter

Millions in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) face preventable diseases due to inadequate health financing. The latest edition of Access Today explores solutions and opportunities that emerged from “Cracking the…

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News26 June 2024

International Dialogue seeks New Financing Solutions for NCDs and Mental Health

  In a pivotal move to address the global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and mental health (MH), the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO) co-hosted a second…

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Video25 June 2024

Novo Nordisk’s Carissa Vados highlights crucial role of collaboration in advancing NCD care

   Carissa Vados, Head of Diabetes Health Equity at Novo Nordisk and a member of Access Accelerated, recently shared her insights on the importance of equitable healthcare access, the…

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Event19 June 2024

Event summary: Sustainable Resourcing for NCDs

Access Accelerated is set to engage in the International Dialogue on Sustainable Financing for NCDs and Mental Health, joining stakeholders from governments, civil society, and the private sector in Washington…

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Event31 May 2024

Bridging the Gap: Health and Finance Experts Unite for Sustainable NCD Solutions in LMICs

> Download the event highlights At this year’s World Health Assembly, health financing emerged as a pivotal issue. Often cited as the largest gap in the noncommunicable disease (NCD) response,…

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Event7 May 2024

Sustainable Resourcing for NCDs: Paving a way forward by learning from progress at country level

Monday 27 May, Geneva The Fourth UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs and Mental Health (HLM4) in 2025 is a critical moment for governments to commit to action that will keep…

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Newsletter30 April 2024

Access Today: April 2024 Newsletter

  This edition of Access Today offers a deep dive by Vice Chair, Sara Martin, into the critical role of health equity in responding to the rising burden of noncommunicable…

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News25 April 2024

New World Bank tool helps countries identify NCD investment priorities

While the World Bank has invested over $7 billion in NCD projects since 1980, the growing burden of NCDs requires even greater investment. More and more countries are demanding greater…

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News23 April 2024

Key moments from the 7th Annual Health Financing Forum

  Last week the 7th Annual Health Financing Forum (AHFF) brought public health and finance leaders together in Washington, DC for a critical discussion on health financing and spending during…

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Report16 April 2024

Real-world examples: Integrating NCDs into primary healthcare

With the support of Access Accelerated, the World Bank have released a new report, Integrating noncommunicable disease management into primary healthcare. The publication gathers best practices, learnings and case studies…

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Guest essay11 April 2024

Why investing in Global Health Equity is the key to a stronger NCD response

  By Sara Martin Vice Chair, Access Accelerated Senior Director, Global Policy Partnerships, Bristol Myers Squibb A Member Company of Access Accelerated since 2017   The NCD burden: Unequal access,…

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Guest essay4 April 2024

Building the future of Access Accelerated

In a world of change, organizations must be prepared to respond and evolve. For Access Accelerated, this means reshaping our longstanding commitment to taking on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low-…

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Report26 March 2024

World Bank study: Advancing Digital Health in Primary Health Care

Digital Journey in Primary Health Care: Empowering Patients with Noncommunicable Diseases in Vietnam As noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including diabetes and hypertension, continue to pose a growing challenge to public health…

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Report22 March 2024

Lessons learned for advancing a people-centred NCD response

Imagine a world where people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) become powerful advocates, shaping healthcare policies from the ground up. A groundbreaking report by the NCD Alliance, with the support…

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News21 March 2024


In New York, representatives of the Ghana NCD Alliance, Labram Musah (left) and Dr. Beatrice Wiafe Addai (right), met with the Hon. Harold Agyeman (middle), Ghana’s Ambassador to the United…

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Newsletter29 February 2024

Access Today: February 2024 Newsletter

Unveiling achievements, forging stronger connections, and tackling global health challenges head-on.  This month’s newsletter celebrates a remarkable year for Access Accelerated, featuring partner success stories from 2023 and a renewed…

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News22 February 2024

PATH charts the way through a complex NCD landscape

  PATH works to improve access to person-centered primary healthcare. For people living with NCDs, this is a critical approach for ensuring essential, affordable NCD services are within reach. PATH’s…

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News15 February 2024

Building a brighter future: How Kosovo is tackling NCDs

World Bank study on Kosovo reveals how tackling NCDs can save lives and propel Kosovo’s economy    Since declaring independence in 2008, the Republic of Kosovo has seen important human…

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Report6 February 2024

2023: A look back, an exciting future

  ↓Download: Access Accelerated 2023 Highlights report   Reflecting on a productive year of transition at Access Accelerated, 2023 was defined by an evolution of our program while maintaining an…

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News30 January 2024

WHO Executive Board meeting sets tone for global health and NCDs in 2024

In a timely display of diverse ideas and unified purpose, the 154th session of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board convened in Geneva last week. On the table: an…

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Report25 January 2024


On September 19, leaders convened for a timely roundtable event titled “Integrating HealthFinancing to Achieve UHC and NCD SDG Targets.” This gathering, which ran parallel to the opening of the…

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News19 December 2023

A Year in Review and the Future Direction of Access Accelerated

A message from the Access Accelerated Leadership team   As we approach the end of 2023, the current global health landscape invites us to reassess our efforts in addressing the…

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News12 December 2023

Toward Universal Health Coverage: Bridging the Gap on UHC Day 2023

On December 12, 2023, as the world observes Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day under the theme “Health for All: Time for Action,” it is evident that the need for action…

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Interview1 November 2023

Reaching hearts and changing minds: Interview with Jean-Luc Eiselé

Despite significant advances in science and evidence-based treatments, loss of life from cardiovascular disease (CVD) has doubled over the last two decades, with low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) shouldering most…

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Newsletter26 October 2023


In the latest October issue of Access Today, Herb Riband, Interim Director at Access Accelerated, delves into the findings of the 2023 UHC Global Monitoring Report, offering a comprehensive breakdown.…

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Interview24 October 2023

Involving people living with NCDs: Interview with Dr. Catherine Karekezi

The Noncommunicable Diseases Alliance Kenya (NCDAK) unites organizations led by persons living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), NGOs, and professional associations to advocate for and support individuals living with or at…

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Interview17 October 2023

Financing NCDs and the Future of Universal Health Coverage

By Herb Riband Interim Director, Access Accelerated   Last month’s endorsement of the second UN political declaration on Universal Health Coverage (UHC) at the 2023 UN High-Level meeting (UN HLM)…

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News10 October 2023

Lessons from Chile: Rethinking Mental Health and NCDs in Primary Healthcare

As countries around the world strive to provide quality healthcare for their population, Chile emerges as an example of how an innovative approach has the potential to transform public health…

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Interview26 September 2023

Disseminating CVD Guidelines in Kenya: Interview with Dr Lilian Mbau

In 2018, Kenya’s Ministry of Health (MOH) spearheaded the development of national guidelines for the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to provide a standardized way of managing heart…

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Interview21 September 2023

Prioritizing NCDs to advance UHC: Interview with Dr. Hajime Inoue

Achieving healthcare for all requires leaning into a strong NCD response. Over the last six years, Access Accelerated and the World Bank have worked together to advance sustainable and scalable…

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Report20 September 2023

Action on NCDs: How the innovative pharmaceutical industry helps bridge the care gap

As the 2025 deadline for a 25% reduction in major NCDs draws near, Access Accelerated member organization, IFPMA unveils a new Global Health Progress report to mark the Global Week…

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News18 September 2023

The innovative pharmaceutical industry is a solutions partner for action on NCDs

Blog story by Vanessa Perberdy, IFPMA and Herb Riband, Access Accelerated As the drive toward Universal Health Coverage (UHC) and the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) intensifies, so too does the urgency…

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Case study5 September 2023

CASE STUDY: Leveraging the power of communities for stronger NCD advocacy

  People and communities are central to achieving long-term sustainable change — both because they drive change and because they can articulate the changes that are needed at community and…

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Newsletter31 August 2023


In the latest edition of Access Today, Interim Director of Access Accelerated, Herb Riband reflects on the role of Access Accelerated as the drive towards the 2030 SDGs intensifies. Looking ahead,…

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Interview16 August 2023

Patient Centricity is Key: Interview with Christopher Agbega

Explore the Access Accelerated interview series, where trailblazing leaders, visionary thinkers, and passionate advocates share their bold ideas and innovative approaches for the future of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). These interviews…

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Report15 August 2023

Chatham House event summary: Improving access to healthcare

Download event summary   In an important step forward in improving access efforts in global health, Access Accelerated, in collaboration with Boston University and Chatham House, gathered an expert panel…

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Interview10 August 2023

Seeing the bigger picture: Interview with Labram Musah

Access Accelerated supports the NCD Alliance to elevate the voices of people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), building on our shared commitment to meaningfully involve those affected in the creation…

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Interview7 July 2023

Future Science of Collective Impact: Interview with Emma Ross

Explore the Access Accelerated interview series, where trailblazing leaders, visionary thinkers, and passionate advocates share their bold ideas and innovative approaches for the future of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). These interviews…

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Interview6 July 2023

The potential of collective impact: Interview with Kyle Peterson

Explore the Access Accelerated interview series, where trailblazing leaders, visionary thinkers, and passionate advocates share their bold ideas and innovative approaches for the future of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). These interviews…

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Newsletter29 June 2023

Access Today: June 2023 Newsletter

In this latest edition of Access Today, we announce a new chapter for Access Accelerated as Herb Riband steps into the role of Interim Director, with the retirement of Outgoing…

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News27 June 2023

Turning the page: The next chapter of Access Accelerated

A letter from Outgoing Director, Access Accelerated Today, I share with you a moment that brings both an ending and a beginning. As I prepare to retire from my role…

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Video7 June 2023

Video Recording Released: “Road to 2030 – Forging a New NCD Path Based on Hard-Won Lessons”

Last month, during the World Health Assembly, a critical conversation unfolded on the global health stage, “Road to 2030: Forging a New NCD Path Based on Hard-Won Lessons”. Now, a…

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Report25 May 2023

Key Lessons in Advancing Access to NCD Care: Collaboration, Connectivity, Community

The six-year milestone report by Access Accelerated and its partners highlights the collective achievements, progress, and insights gained from six years of sustained partnerships aimed at transforming the global response…

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Press24 May 2023

New report charts path forward in fight against NCDs

Press release Access Accelerated and partners unveil findings from six-year report Access Accelerated, a pioneering collective of leading biopharmaceutical and life science companies dedicated to confronting the growing global noncommunicable…

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News16 May 2023

What G7 nations can do to achieve Universal Health Coverage

By Dr. Megumi Maruyama, Global Health Officer, Sumitomo Pharma and member of Access Accelerated   This week, global leaders will gather for the Group of Seven Summit in Hiroshima, where…

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Newsletter27 April 2023

Access Today: April 2023 Newsletter

Discover the latest edition of Access Today, including the featured article looking at Access Accelerated’s journey of lessons to improving access to global NCD care in honor of World Health…

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Event26 April 2023

Road to 2030: Forging a New NCD path based on hard-won lessons

    Join Access Accelerated and our partners during the World Health Assembly to officially launch the six-year report, Key Lessons in Advancing Access to NCD Care: Collaboration, Connectivity, Community,…

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News18 April 2023

What Kenya can teach us about NCDs and the power of sharing knowledge

It’s a double burden of disease. As Kenya, along with many countries in Sub-Saharan Africa, continues to wrestle with communicable diseases—HIV, malaria and tuberculosis are among the leading causes of…

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News6 April 2023

World Health Day: The journey to Health for All  

This year’s World Health Day celebrates 75 years of the World Health Organization and the world’s actions in tackling the most pressing global health challenges. This anniversary provides us, at…

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News30 March 2023

Taking the fizz out of harmful beverages: Innovating a new way to achieve health and economic gains 

They’re ubiquitous, cheap, and potentially addictive. These days, sugar-laden drinks—sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks, and fruit drinks—are impossible to avoid. And despite mountains of evidence for the harm they cause,…

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Event6 March 2023

24 March: Chatham House hosts Improving Access to Healthcare: Effective Partnerships with Industry

How can effective measurement and reporting support global partnerships aiming to improve access to healthcare?   This March 24, Chatham House in partnership with Boston University and Access Accelerated, will host a robust dialogue…

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Newsletter2 March 2023

Access Today: February 2023 Newsletter

In this year’s first edition of Access Today, we kick off 2023 with a new event in partnership with Chatham House and Boston University, on how measurement and evaluation can…

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News7 February 2023

How Access Accelerated is closing the cancer care gap

This past February 4, the world united for World Cancer Day 2023. The goal: to shine a spotlight on the profound disparities in access to life-saving cancer care experienced by…

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News24 January 2023

Five key takeaways from Accelerating UHC discussion

  Progress on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and Universal Health Coverage (UHC) are both critical drivers in achieving the 2030 global goals. However, their complexity means that there is no one…

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Event20 January 2023

World Bank hosts ministerial event: “Rebuilding wellbeing in the aftermath of the pandemic”

  This coming January 24, the World Bank and the Ministry of Health of Chile host a ministerial event that brings together Finance and Health ministers, senior government representatives and…

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News20 December 2022

2022: A year to remember

A lot happened this year: it was a year of important learnings and deeper collaborations. We want to take this moment to thank you, our partners and our community, for making it one to…

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News13 December 2022

Why we won’t fully realize Universal Health Coverage without addressing the challenge of Noncommunicable Diseases

With over 60% people living with noncommunicable diseases experiencing catastrophic health expenditures, a new blog post from the World Bank and Access Accelerated looks at the imperative of a strengthenedNCD…

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Press13 December 2022

Leaders and experts assemble in Tokyo to advance discussion on UHC and reducing NCDs

Press release  Event marks Universal Health Coverage Day and comes ahead of next year’s UN High Level Meeting on UHC and Hiroshima G7 Summit    Opening and keynote speakers from…

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Newsletter30 November 2022

Access Today: November 2022 Newsletter

In the November edition of Access Today, we hear from authors of a new regional report by partner, the World Bank on how health systems in European and Central Asian…

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News29 November 2022

Rethinking the response to noncommunicable diseases for aging countries in Europe and Central Asia

When it comes to the mounting challenge of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), no country or region is spared, but it is felt particularly keenly in Europe and Central Asia (ECA). This…

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News18 November 2022

New WHO global targets take aim at reducing diabetes

Right now, over half a billion adults around the world are living with diabetes, a chronic disease that can often lead to deadly and debilitating complications and for which there…

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Event15 November 2022

Accelerating UHC: Key lessons in scaling NCD care to achieve health for all

Rewatch the broadcast   To mark Universal Health Coverage Day, Access Accelerated and our strategic partners host a timely conversation with policymakers, leaders investors, innovators and implementors on accelerating Universal…

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Newsletter3 November 2022

Access Today: October 2022 Newsletter

In the latest edition of Access Today, Takanori Sato of Takeda and Co-chair of the Access Accelerated Steering Committee offers his thoughts on shared purposed and the need for decisive…

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Report2 November 2022

Event report and video highlights: Unlocking the potential of collective impact

This past September, Access Accelerated and our strategic partners hosted an in-person gathering in New York City on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly annual meeting for a dynamic…

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News31 October 2022

The rise of cities and their role in cancer care

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored the unique position of cities to rapidly respond to the world’s most urgent crises. But it also showed that the value of cities in combating non-communicable…

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News20 October 2022

Improving mental health and shedding light on an invisible disease: Part 2

This two-part series to mark World Mental Health Day examines some of the ways we can improve the delivery of mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Read…

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News13 October 2022

New WHO report: The toll of the NCD crisis has never been clearer, so what can we do about it?

By Takanori Sato, Director / Geneva Liaison, Global Public Affairs, Takeda and Co-chair, Access Accelerated Steering Committee     As world leaders convened for the 77th UN General Assembly last month,…

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News10 October 2022

Improving mental health and shedding light on an invisible disease: Part 1

This two-part series to mark World Mental Health Day examines some of the ways we can improve the delivery of mental health services in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).  Read…

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Newsletter29 September 2022


The month of September saw the 77th session of the UN General Assembly take place in New York, where world leaders met in person for the first time since the…

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News28 September 2022

How can we improve women’s access to heart-saving care?

Cardiovascular disease (CVD)—which includes heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases—has been a leading cause of death worldwide for far too long. It causes over a third of global deaths,…

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News20 September 2022

Diversification makes us stronger

Q&A with Dr Rachel Nugent, researcher, economist and policy advisor in Noncommunicable Diseases   This week, many of the world’s leading figures are convening for the 77th session of the…

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Event12 September 2022

Experts to help unlock the potential of collective impact at key UNGA side event

When all 193 UN member states signed on to the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda in 2015, it signaled the commitment of world leaders to global peace, prosperity and progress. The…

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News9 September 2022

Taking people-centered action: Achieving change by lifting the voices of people affected by NCDs

This year’s Global Week for Action on NCDs shines a spotlight on the need for stronger investment in noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and care, as part of delivering Universal Health…

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News8 September 2022

Powerful partnership helps unlock investments for NCDs

Decades of inattention and chronic underfunding have profoundly impeded the world’s ability to deal with the complex and often deadly effects of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). That’s why the theme for…

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Newsletter1 September 2022


With the 77th UN General Assembly taking place in September, Access Accelerated and our partners explore how “connective tissue” and the ability to measure the supportive elements of social capital,…

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News31 August 2022

To meet global goals, we need to get clearer on measuring impacts from collective action

Access Accelerated and partners host UNGA event to explore the hidden benefits of partnerships It’s more apparent than ever that collective action will play a critical role in reaching the…

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News30 August 2022

Why is it urgent to invest in NCDs?

Global Week for Action on NCDs calls for greater investment With over 40 million deaths each year from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), more than three-quarters of them occurring in low- and…

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News25 August 2022

The Journey of the Pill: Strengthening the supply chain in Vietnam

Access to medicine matters. Safe, effective medicines and health products need to reliably reach the people who need them—when they need them. Yet health systems, particularly in resource-limited settings, often…

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News23 August 2022

Advancing on the implementation of the UN SDGs Part 4: Learning together to accelerate progress

The annual High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) took place last month, featuring two weeks of dialogue and lively discussions. The Forum inspired an exchange of ideas and lessons…

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News16 August 2022

Advancing on the implementation of the UN SDGs Part 3: Acting locally to achieve the global goals

When the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) wrapped up last month, it concluded a fortnight of probing questions and wide-ranging discussions aimed at formulating a recovery strategy to…

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Newsletter27 July 2022

Access Today: July 2022 Newsletter

This past month, UN Member States as well as civil society organizations convened for the annual High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development to follow up on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda…

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News25 July 2022

Talking about mental health in Latin America and the Caribbean

In Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), mental health disorders are a growing problem and COVID-19 has highlighted multiple systemic problems, including their impact on vulnerable populations. According to World…

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Event22 July 2022

EVENT: Unlocking the potential for collective impact

A UNGA special side event Unlocking the potential for collective impact: Finding the hidden benefits of partnering for noncommunicable diseases    REGISTRATIONS CLOSED   There has been a universal call…

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News12 July 2022

Advancing on the implementation of the UN SDGs – Part 2: Catalyzing, creating and cultivating partnerships for the goals

Meetings between UN Member States and civil society organizations continue into their second week at the 2022 annual High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF). At the center of…

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News5 July 2022

Advancing on the implementation of the UN SDGs – Part 1: How building connective tissue can help advance NCD progress

The deadline to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 is fast approaching. With less than eight years to go, UN member nations are working toward the 17…

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Newsletter1 July 2022

Access Today: June 2022 Newsletter

Did you know…? Nearly one billion people on Earth live with a mental disorder. Over 80% of those people live in low-and-middle-income countries. On average, countries dedicate <2% of their health care budgets to mental health. Mental…

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News1 July 2022

How partnerships are key to tackling the complex challenges of NCDs

With the recent World Health Assembly and the anticipation of next month’s High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, there is welcome attention on the importance of global public health.…

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Report13 May 2022

Access Accelerated 2021 Measurement Framework Report

Access Accelerated engaged RTI International in March 2021 to design a measurement framework to capture the impact of its investments for collective action through partner projects. Using its approach to…

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Report28 September 2021


Letter from the CEOs   From the earliest reports of the novel coronavirus in China through social distancing orders, sickness—exacerbated by chronic disease—and the tragic loss of too many lives,…

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Newsletter8 September 2021

Access Today: The Key has Always Been Partnership & Collaboration

As the World Health Assembly came to a close this past August, a renewed commitment to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of reducing the mortality rate of NCDs globally.…

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Newsletter30 June 2021

Access Today: Recommitting to the Fight Against NCDs

As the World Health Assembly came to a close this past month, a renewed commitment to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of reducing the mortality rate of NCDs globally.…

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News29 June 2021

Q&A: The Updated Access Accelerated Open Platform

Last updated: September 21, 2023   What is the Access Accelerated Open Platform? The Access Accelerated Open Platform is a knowledge resource and dashboard that provides a centralized information repository…

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Newsletter31 May 2021

Access Today: Combatting the Silent Pandemic

While COVID-19 was at the forefront of everyone’s minds over the past year, the distribution of effective vaccines has allowed for many countries to start reopening and begin the process of…

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Newsletter30 April 2021

Access Today: Building a Fairer, Healthier World for All

In recent years, many countries have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanization. Such vast change can often amplify barriers to care, especially for people living with NCDs. As the…

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Newsletter28 March 2021

Access Today: Combating NCDs with Data

NCDs are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity globally, with the majority of the burden being placed on lower-middle-income countries. Data provides real-world evidence that can be harnessed to…

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Newsletter8 March 2021

Access Today: Accelerating Global Progress on NCDs

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a vital part of investor decision-making. Doing well on ESG metrics, which cover the non-financial aspects of a company’s management, provides important…

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News4 February 2021

Redefining Cancer Care: World Cancer Day 2021

Our 20+ member companies have long-held commitments to cancer prevention and treatment. In fighting a disease that’s the second leading cause of death globally, our members and partners are redefining…

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News1 February 2021

Director’s Note: Where ESG and NCDs Intersect

Download the following article here.   Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a vital part of investor decision-making. Doing well on ESG metrics, which cover the non-financial aspects…

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Newsletter27 January 2021

Access Today: Ringing in a Resilient New Year

2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges that tested our day-to-day lives, our health systems and communities at large. With a new year before us, we have new opportunities to reenergize our efforts…

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News25 January 2021

Q&A on the Access Accelerated & World Bank Partnership

Access Accelerated and the World Bank recently approved joint funding for seven new projects to address barriers to non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, treatment and care across 20 countries. The projects…

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Newsletter22 December 2020

Access Today: A Reflection on 2020

2020 was a year unlike any other – with the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic transforming lives across borders. While this year has exposed barriers and inequities in health…

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News14 December 2020

Access Accelerated and World Bank Expand Partnership, Announce New Projects in 20 Countries to Mitigate Non-Communicable Disease and COVID-19 Burden

Projects to inform policies for more effective NCD care solutions in low- and middle-income countries   Geneva (December 14, 2020) – Access Accelerated and the World Bank Group today announced…

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Newsletter25 November 2020

Access Today: Taking Action to Confront Diabetes

In November 2020, the World Health Organization reported that nearly one in five COVID-19 deaths in Africa were among people with diabetes. These staggering numbers reinforce the importance of our…

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Report23 November 2020

The Journey of the Pill: Findings of the NCD Commodity Supply Chain Assessment in Ghana

Noncommunicable diseases kill 41 million people each year, representing 71% of all deaths globally. The Global NCD Action Plan sets a goal of “80% availability of the affordable basic technologies…

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Report23 November 2020

RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Access Accelerated Fact Sheet

Today, people living with NCDs—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes—are at increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. This unprecedented pandemic is highlighting the critical need…

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News18 November 2020

NCD Champions: Supporting Communities During Uncertain Times

Lea Kilenga was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth – she wasn’t expected to live past the age of eight. However, 20 years later, Lea is at the forefront…

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News18 November 2020

NCD Champions: Responding to crisis

Dr. Dennis Laryea is a Senior Specialist in Public Health with the Ghana Health Service (GHS). He has dedicated his career to strengthening public health practices and supporting people living…

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Event28 October 2020

Reimagining Primary Care During the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

On 28 October, Access Accelerated and the World Bank hosted a webinar focused on the role of public-private partnerships in strengthening primary care systems against the backdrop of a global…

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Video28 October 2020

Respond with Resilience: A new approach to global health

The challenges of COVID-19 have reinforced the need for strong and resilient health systems that can meet the demands of both chronic illness and infectious disease crises. As we continue…

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Report21 October 2020

Our Partners: The World Bank Group Fact Sheet

Over the last three years, the World Bank Group and Access Accelerated have been working together to accelerate sustainable and scalable solutions to NCD prevention, treatment and care. Together, we…

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Newsletter14 October 2020

Access Today: Reimagining Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19

In September 2020, for the first time in its 75-year history, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was held virtually. This is one of many “firsts” for the global community…

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News14 October 2020

NCD Champions: Adapting to New Challenges

Dr. Bernard Gitura is one of Kenya’s leading Cardiologists and the President of the Kenya Cardiac Society. Throughout his career, Dr. Gitura has worked to ensure that everyone has access…

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News7 October 2020

Heart Talks: Advancing Cardiovascular Health during COVID-19

This month, the World Heart Federation is launching Heart Talks, a new webinar series to discuss, debate and explore the future of cardiovascular health and of its workforce. During the…

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News5 October 2020

Championing Mental Health in Times of Crisis

The first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Brock Chisholm, once said, “without mental health there can be no true physical health.”   Although the world is in…

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News1 October 2020

Director’s Note: Amid COVID-19 World Heart Day reminds us why cardiovascular diseases deserve our attention

For five years now the World Bank has been working to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with a focus on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). During this time, the…

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News29 September 2020

Heart Health in the Time of COVID: A Conversation with Servier

This year, World Heart Day on September 29 is taking place during an unprecedented time for the global community. Everyday lives and services have been significantly disrupted, and health systems…

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Video17 September 2020


Everyone should have access to quality prevention, treatment and care. Access Accelerated is helping the public and private sectors work better together to support strong and resilient health systems that…

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Report16 September 2020

Access Observatory Releases 2020 Annual Report

In September 2020, the Access Observatory released its annual report, “Demonstrating Commitment to Impact Through Measurement and Reporting.” Designed and managed by Boston University, the Access Observatory is an independent…

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News24 August 2020

Building Back Better Supply Chains: A conversation with Bayer

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so must our response and the solutions we put forward. Supply chain management has become increasingly complex during this crisis, with multi-country disruptions…

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News18 August 2020

Director’s Note: Unlocking Digital Health for NCD Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an uptick in all things digital — from virtual workplaces to telehealth appointments to family gatherings via video conference. The culture of piloting and experimentation…

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News12 August 2020


For all its devastation, one improvement the COVID-19 pandemic could catalyze is the advancement of the role digital technologies play in bridging gaps in access to healthcare for a range…

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Newsletter11 August 2020

Access Today: Bringing People Living with NCDs to the Center

With every COVID-19 surge, people living with NCDs face greater risk, and the troubling numbers remind us how important our work is to protect people who are more vulnerable during…

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Report3 August 2020

Access Accelerated Publishes Year 3 Report

Access Accelerated is proud to launch its Year 3 report, chronicling our collective efforts in 2019 to advance access to NCD prevention, treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries.…

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Newsletter30 June 2020

Access Today: Navigating a “New Normal”

COVID-19 has raised the stakes for health system strengthening efforts, and unrest in communities around the world is elevating the importance of local engagement and equity. Together, we’re navigating a…

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News29 June 2020

Allies in a battle against NCDs in Kenya

Through pilot projects, analytical work and knowledge sharing, the World Bank and Access Accelerated are collaborating on programs to tackle the burden of NCDs.   In Kenya, the World Bank…

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News18 June 2020

Supply Chain Challenges During COVID-19 & Creative Solutions for People Living with NCDs

The COVID-19 crisis continues to shine a light on the stark inequities of care delivery and prevention around the world. There is so much we can learn from the responses…

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News18 June 2020

Director’s Note: Leveraging resources, strengthening investments

Systemic barriers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, continue to have a significant impact on care access, prevention and treatment. Where someone lives, their job (or lack of), where their…

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Newsletter20 May 2020

Access Today: Supply Chain Resilience in the Wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 disrupts daily life across the globe, it has become more clear that an efficient supply chain is fundamental to our health and well-being. From low supply of protective…

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News16 April 2020

Director’s Note: Resilient Supply Chains, Resilient Health Systems

The global personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage is bringing much-needed attention to supply chain management challenges. Health workers, policymakers and everyday citizens are questioning what systems need to be in…

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Newsletter31 March 2020

Access Today: Standing Together to Face Today’s Health Challenges

Three decades. That’s how long NCDs have been the leading cause of death among women globally. With NCDs affecting women at an alarming rate, Access Accelerated is bringing attention to…

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News23 March 2020

Director’s Note: COVID-19 & the NCD Community

There is much to learn as the world rapidly responds to infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19. Access Accelerated sees these learnings as both applicable and critical for our work with…

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Report6 March 2020

Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya

“Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya: Case Studies of Selected Households” is a qualitative study to shed light on the patient journey. Through several case studies, we gain…

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News28 February 2020

Access Accelerated Statement on Coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus and disease it causes, COVID-19, continues to spread, Access Accelerated is closely watching the outbreak and thinking of all those affected. We stand by the health…

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Video16 February 2020

Turning the Tide: BBC documentary showcases Access Accelerated’s NCD strategy in action

The global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries, where 86% of premature NCD deaths occur. Only by working together – across sectors – can we…

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Video14 February 2020

Driving NCD Advocacy in Ghana

UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 is not only a commitment to NCD prevention and treatment, but also in support of mental health and well-being. In Ghana, Martha Coffie is leading…

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Video14 February 2020

Cultivating Community Participation in Vietnam

Access Accelerated, PATH and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health are scaling a successful hypertension prevention and management program, originally started by the Novartis Foundation in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016,…

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Video14 February 2020

Reforming Rural Healthcare in Kenya

Did you know 75% of Kenyans who live with hypertension don’t know they have it? Known as “the silent killer,” hypertension can lead to stroke, heart failure, and for Joseph…

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News4 February 2020

Director’s Note: How “We Will” Partner for a Cancer-Free World

On 4 February, the global community united to recognize World Cancer Day and join the “I Am, I Will” rallying cry.   On LinkedIn, Access Accelerated Director James Pfitzer shared…

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Newsletter31 January 2020

Access Today: New Year, Same Dedication to NCD Control

At Access Accelerated, our efforts are focused on SDG 3.4 – by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Ghana: Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated is working with our partners to amplify the voices of people living with NCDs in Ghana, advance data-driven decisions to inform health policy and improve the delivery of…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Kenya: Fact Sheet

Our work in Kenya focuses on overcoming barriers to care including policy, regulatory, financial and delivery hurdles. Effectively addressing these barriers requires multiple sectors working together.   Through our partnerships…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Vietnam: Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated is concentrating its work in Vietnam to support the integration of NCD services and screening into primary healthcare. We are working with partners to scale pilot programs nationally…

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Report25 September 2019

Advancing UHC for NCD Care

Industry Contributions through Access Accelerated   Universal health coverage (UHC) has become an increasingly powerful common cause in global health as countries around the world seek to bring quality care…

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News29 August 2019

In lead up to TICAD, Japan shows commitment to global health

Japanese Companies – Six Cross Cutting Principles   As Japanese engagement in solving global health challenges increases, we asked Access member companies for their perspective on how to put our…

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Video28 August 2019

Access Accelerated at TICAD 2019

At the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), Access Accelerated, in partnership with the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA), hosted a side event titled, “Accelerating Sustainable UHC by…

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News8 August 2019

Access Observatory Releases 2019 Report

In July 2019, the Boston University Access Observatory, an independently developed measurement framework that is separate from Access Accelerated, published its SECOND ANNUAL REPORT, “Establishing the Foundation for Shared Learning.”…

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Video20 May 2019

Access Accelerated at the 72nd World Health Assembly

On the margins of the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019, Access Accelerated hosted a side event that convened public-private partnership builders to share practical experiences, challenges, successes and…

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News20 May 2019

Key Learnings in Program Design & Implementation

Access Accelerated in Action shares experiences from 19 member company NCD access programs implemented in collaboration with more than 50 cross-sector partners   GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 20 May 2019 – Today,…

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Report20 May 2019

Access Accelerated: Year Two Report

  We are catalyzing new and existing public-private partnerships to increase access to NCD prevention, treatment and care. In our second year, we made a number of important advances to…

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News4 April 2019

Servier and Ipsen Join Access Accelerated to Fight Growing NCD Burden

Two global biopharmaceutical companies join effort to address the growing non-communicable disease burden in low- and middle-income countries   GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Today, IPSEN and SERVIER, two global biopharmaceutical companies,…

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News3 April 2019

Momentum in Kenya: Increasing access to NCD care in the context of UHC

  Access Accelerated returned to Kenya from 28 February to 1 March for the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stakeholder meeting, “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs,” co-hosted with the Ministry…

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News3 April 2019

In the News: “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs”

The Kenya Ministry of Health, NCD Alliance Kenya and Access Accelerated hosted the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stakeholder meeting, “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs,” in Naivasha, Kenya on 28…

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News23 January 2019

Paraguay: Public Private Partnership fosters new cancer policy to save lives

  Cancer mortality rates in children show unacceptable inequalities between high and low- and middle-income countries. In the latter, late diagnosis, inadequate access to healthcare facilities, and treatment abandonment are…

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News7 June 2018

Workshop focuses on people living with NCDs in Kenya

NCDA KENYA (NCDAK) and NCD Alliance held a workshop on 21-22 March to develop The Advocacy Agenda of People living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) in Kenya. The meeting aimed to consult…

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Report15 May 2018

Access Accelerated: Year One Report

  Our first year in operation has seen us take meaningful steps towards our goal of working in partnership to help address the enormous burden of non-communicable diseases in low-…

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Event22 April 2017

World Health Summit: Tackling Barriers to Cancer Treatment and Care

On Sunday, Oct. 15 in Berlin, Access Accelerated joined forces with Roche, Charité and the M8 Alliance to host a panel at the WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT titled, “Tackling Barriers to…

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Press18 January 2017

22 Biopharma Companies Partner to Launch Access Accelerated

Global, multi-stakeholder collaboration, called Access Accelerated, to be delivered in partnership with World Bank Group and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Initial three-year commitment will catalyze, develop, measure and…

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Report18 January 2017

The Next Pandemic? Report by The Economist Intelligence Unit

  Developing countries are facing a new challenge from an increase in non- communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders. At the…

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