Working Group 2: Summary

Working Group 2 discussed the current framing of chronic disease in the key international agenda.

This working group discussed the paper by Janet Voûte and Sophia Tickell, ‘Overview of the current framing of chronic diseases in the key international agenda: how to get chronic disease on the global health agenda’.

Working paper >>

The initial presentation of the working paper was given by Janet Voûte. The facilitators for the working group were Janet Voûte and David Matthews.

Janet Voûte provided feedback on the discussion groups.

How can the paper be improved?
  • The issue of target audience for the paper needs to be resolved.
  • As it stands, it was felt that the paper is too critical of the World Health Organisation. However, there was a recognition that if WHO only gives 3% of its budget to chronic disease, then there is a need for a strong support base from another agenda-setting organisation. For example, more information on how the World Bank sets priorities would be useful.
  • There was a call to develop the ‘fair-share’ argument further – i.e. the argument that chronic disease does not get enough of the resource pool.
  • The health-systems argument was enthusiastically received – it can make a difference to both infectious and chronic disease.
  • While an emotional ‘hook’ is required to engage people in the issues, the image used should not be that of an overweight child – this will not help OxHA’s cause.
How do we move forward, using the information in the paper?
  • The information should be turned into a set of advocacy tools, including a standard presentation, factsheets and Q&As.
  • It could form the basis of an advocacy plan and a media plan.
  • There was a warning about the problems of the short-termism of governments when doing advocacy. It would be important to mobilise the diabetic/other patient population to help in overcoming this short-term approach.
What do we want OxHA to do?
  • There was a call for OxHA to define its priorities – is the organisation dedicated to advocacy, research, or something else entirely?
  • OxHA should clearly define the benefits and responsibilities of membership.
  • More research is needed, by OxHA and others, especially into the health-systems approach and the synergies between dealing with chronic diseases and with infectious diseases.