Chronic diseases and health promotion

Part Four - Taking action: essential steps for success

Chapter Two - The private sector, civil society and international organizations

Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment

Key messages

Any single organization or group is unlikely to have sufficient resources to tackle the complex public health issues related to the prevention and management of chronic diseases. The stepwise framework initiated by governments can be best implemented by working with some or all of the private sector, civil society and international organizations. This chapter outlines the ways in which such cooperation can be put into practice.

  • Partnerships among various groups, organizations and sectors are indispensable.
  • The private sector is a natural partner in chronic disease prevention and control.
  • Civil society plays a role that is distinct from that of governments and the private sector, and adds human and financial resources to a wide range of chronic disease prevention and control issues.
  • International organizations and donors have important roles to play in the response to chronic disease.
Waking up to a vision - story of Kuzhanthiammal, India

This chapter tells the story of Kuzhanthiammal, 67 years old, who was diagnosed and registered for free cataract surgery at the Madwai Aravind Eye Hospital, India (see page 9).