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[Comment] Offline: NCDs—why are we failing?

Why is the global health community failing to respond effectively to the rising burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)? The answer can be summed up in one word—fear. Fear of a species-threatening pandemic. A pervasive fear that has displaced all other health concerns. Anxiety among political elites is causing a recalibration of priorities among global health leaders. In his first speech to staff in Geneva this month, WHO’s new Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, named four urgent issues: health emergencies; universal health coverage; women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health; and climate change.