HPP think piece highlights the importance of managing non-communicable diseases for COVID-19 recovery

9 December 2021

Today, The Health Policy Partnership (HPP) has published an independent think piece focusing on the need to prioritise non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in COVID-19 recovery plans.

NCDs, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory diseases and mental illnesses, are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. They are also closely linked to worse outcomes from COVID-19. The think piece, Out of the ashes: why prioritising non-communicable diseases is central to post-COVID-19 recovery, explores whether European governments are giving sufficient attention to NCDs. It includes analysis of recovery plans in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK, and provides examples and recommendations for policymakers to better address NCDs in order to strengthen health systems in the wake of the pandemic.

As global leaders face the challenges associated with the Omicron variant of COVID-19, controlling the spread of the virus must take place alongside recovery measures. HPP’s think piece emphasises that, in order to tackle both of these challenges together, it is necessary to address the root causes that left our populations and health systems vulnerable in the first place.

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This is the second in a series of independent think pieces from HPP. Read Balancing risks: adapting health and social care in the wake of COVID-19, the first in the series, here.