IDF CEO: the crucial role of bilateral aid agencies

Ann Keeling, CEO of IDF, was welcomed as keynote speaker at a seminar hosted by the University of Sydney and AusAid (Australia’s Development Agency) “Implementing the United Nations Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases: Progress So Far”.

The seminar was convened by Ruth Colagiuri, IDF Vice President, and included comments from Natalie Cohen, Director of Health Policy & Partnerships, AusAid.

Following last September’s UN Summit on NCDs the event provided participants with an essential opportunity to discuss the important role of bilateral development agencies in supporting and funding NCD programmes in low- and middle-income countries.

Keeling emphasised the need to highlight diabetes and NCDs through more funding and transparency from bilateral agencies.

Speaking to the audience she also acknowledged on-going campaigns by civil society movements calling for the integration of diabetes and NCDs into a post 2015 development framework.

Keeling also underlined the need for NCD targets to measure progress and voiced IDF’s backing for the creation of a Global NCD Partnership to catalyse action.

AusAid is one of few bilateral aid agencies to fund NCD programmes, with retinopathy and diabetes screening programmes in the Pacific islands where prevalence rates are high.

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More information on the seminar “Implementing the United Nations Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Diseases: Progress So Far” here