Who We Are

Who We Are

The NCD Alliance was founded by four international NGO federations representing the four main NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease.  Together with other major international NGO partners, the NCD Alliance unites a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries.  The mission of the NCD Alliance is to combat the NCD epidemic by putting health at the centre of all policies.

What We Do

The NCD Alliance uses targeted advocacy and outreach to ensure that NCDs are recognized as a major cause of poverty, a barrier to economic development, and a global emergency. This is done by working with a wide range of partners and organizations, speaking with a united voice at international meetings, mobilizing the 2,000 organizations in our network, producing the latest policy work on NCDs and building the evidence base, convening expert working groups on a range of topics, and pressing governments to recognize that NCDs are a global development priority requiring an urgent response.

The NCD Alliance works with many partners that share a common interest in improving the lives of people living with NCDs and addressing their risk factors.


“The NCD Alliance is a special political asset…which can and should be a vital partner to the UN leadership”.                                     - Dr. Peter Piot, Director, LSHTM

“It was a stroke of genius for the major NCD NGOs to form the Alliance.  When the history of these time is written and the credits given for the Summit, the name of the NCD Alliance will be writ large”.             - Sir George Alleyne, Director-Emeritus, PAHO

“The NCD Alliance, representing 880 member organisations in 170 countries, is a positive initiative for cooperation among international nongovernmental organisations to achieve common goals for NCDs.”
                                       - Lancet NCD Action Group


The NCD Alliance was founded in 2009 by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) CEO Ann Keeling. Ann's vision was to convene a new global NCD civil society movement to confront the misconceptions about NCDs and catalyse political action. In January 2009 IDF invited sister federations UICC and WHF to campaign together as the NCD Alliance. Ann led the NCD Alliance as its first Steering Group Chair from August 2010 to August 2012, and together with the leadership of UICC and WHF set the Alliance's strategic direction, raised funds and led the successful campaign for a UN Summit on NCDs. The NCD Alliance grew rapidly into a respected global civil society movement that could not be ignored. 

The campaign for a UN Summit on NCDs was launched at the World Health Assembly, Geneva in May 2009 by the International Diabetes Federation, World Heart Federation, and the Union for International Cancer Control at an event titled Health and Development: Held back by Non-Communicable diseases. Following that event the three federations issued  “Time to Act: The Global Emergency of Non-communicable Diseases”, the first publication to call for a UN Summit on NCDs,

In May 2010, this collaboration was further strengthened by inviting the International union Against TB and Lung Disease (The Union) to join, thereby including federations representing the four major NCDs. A Memorandum of Understanding was established between the four federations, in response to the growing momentum for the Summit and need to mobilise more widely, raise funds and recruit staff.  In September 2010, the NCD Alliance launched the UN Summit Partners Group, the Common Interest Group, and the Supporter's Group

Please visit the links below for more information.

Partnership Groups

The Common Interest Group
The NCD Alliance Supporters Consultation Group
NCDA Statement on Private Sector Funding and Partnerships