Non communicable diseases (NCDs) have become the major disease burden globally. Bangladesh is in the midst of an epidemiologic transition where the burden of disease is shifting from a disease profile dominated by infectious diseases, under-nutrition and conditions of childbirth to one increasingly characterized by non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). According to World Health Organization, NCDs are estimated to account for 59% of total death in Bangladesh in 2014. Among the NCD deaths 17% were due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), 11% chronic respiratory diseases, 10% cancers, 9% injuries, 3% directly due to diabetes and 10% from other NCDs. Moreover diabetes contributes to the mortality and morbidity of CVD and stroke. In Bangladesh individually several organizations are working separately for NCD control and prevention in their respective fields. However it was felt that coordinated activities of various organizations would be very much cost effective and fruitful.
Realizing this, ´Bangladesh Network for NCD Control and Prevention´ has been formed by several health professional and civil society organizations with a view to work collectively in a coordinated way.
UN high level summit on NCD had taken place in 2011. Honorable Prime Minister of Bangladesh attended the summit expressed her solidarity with the goal of the summit. In Bangladesh also NCD has become a serious public health issue and Government alone cannot tackle this problem. Moreover, a high level policy advocacy is required for adequate resource allocation both at international & national level. In Bangladesh individually several organizations are working separately for NCD control and prevention in their respective fields. It will be more effective if all important stakeholders find out the ways to coordinate their activities to prevent and control NCDs. Meanwhile, coordinated activities of various organizations would be very much cost effective and fruitful. Realizing this, ´Bangladesh Network for NCD Control and Prevention (BNNCP)´ has been formed by several health professionals and civil society organizations with a view to work collectively in a coordinated way.
Currently the NCD Prevention program is being run in numerous centers across Bangladesh. As we know that we all are working and keeping our focuses individually in the fields of NCDs, but it is true that it is not sufficient to cover all the factors to prevent and control NCDs. If we can coordinate our activities, it will provide an indication or the overall trends of our involvement, achievements, needs and challenges on NCDs in Bangladesh. Movement of Non-health organizations are helping to make the socio-economic and environmental action on NCDs and translating the evidence to the policy ends. At the same time, medical bodies are at the forefront of initiating the dialogue on NCDs.
Prevention of NCDs is a growing issue: the burden of NCDs falls mainly on developing countries, where more than 80% of NCD deaths occur. Tackling the risk factors will therefore not only save lives; it will also provide a huge boost for countries all over the globe. So we are the responsible bodies to take proper action for NCD prevention and control in Bangladesh to reduce unwanted & preventable deaths.