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Curbing world's most fatal diseases: consensus created by health experts offers global prescription
Date:11/21/2007

nize the health, science and public policy communities into action on this epidemic, and to foster global debate, support and funding.

Leading partners behind the project are the McLaughlin-Rotman Center (MRC) for Global Health (University Health Network and University of Toronto), Toronto; the Oxford Health Alliance (OxHA), London; the UK Medical Research Council (UK MRC), London; the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), Ottawa; and the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda.

The 20 Grand Challenges (appended) are of equal precedence there is no priority assigned within the list, says lead author Dr. Abdallah S. Daar of the McLaughlin- Rotman Center.

The Grand Challenges are grouped under six broad goals:

  • Reorient health systems (e.g. Grand Challenge: Allocate resources within health systems based on burden of disease);
  • Mitigate health impacts of poverty and urbanization (e.g.: Study and assess how poverty increases risk factors);
  • Engage businesses and community (e.g.: Make business a key partner in promoting health and preventing disease; Develop and monitor codes of responsible conduct with the food, beverage and restaurant industries);
  • Modify risk factors (e.g.: Deploy universally measures proven to reduce tobacco use and boost resources to implement the WHO framework Convention on Tobacco Control);
  • Enhance economic, legal and environmental policies (e.g. Study and address the impacts of poor health on economic output and productivity); and
  • Raise public and political awareness (e.g.: Promote healthy lifestyle and consumption choices through effective education and public engagement).

The Grand Challenges in CNCDs complement the Grand Challenges in Human Health, published in 2003 by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and partners, an initiative focused mainly on infectious disease, especially in developing countries.

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Contact: Terry Collins
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416-538-8712
Program on Life Sciences, Ethics and Policy,McLaughlin-Rotman Centre for Global Health  
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