Boost NCD Investment
Scaling up investment for NCDs is a critical priority to achieve the 2025 NCD targets and the Sustainable Development Goals.
However, sustainable and adequate resources for NCDs are severely lacking and remain a bottleneck in the response. NCDs receive just 1.3% of development assistance for health, making NCDs the only major global health priority without international financing. Closing the resource gap will require multiple financing sources, depending on the country-specific context. The expected result will be a blended stream of financing, including creating and optimising fiscal space for NCD investment domestically, exploring innovative financing mechanisms (such as taxation of unhealthy commodities), multilateral/bilateral funding, private sector engagement, and catalytic mechanisms, in line with the recommendations from the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in 2015. While domestic resource mobilisation is critical, for low-income countries allocating less than 5% of gross domestic product to health, progress on NCDs will be impossible without catalytic funding from donors.