Twenty civil society alliances from Africa, Asia, Europe, Eastern Mediterranean, and Latin America, including Non-communicable Disease Forum, Bangladesh were awarded grants to accelerate the response to the coronavirus pandemic through the first Cobil Society Solidarity Fund on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Covid-19, which was announced on July 13 by the NCD Alliance during a high-level online event.
Todd Harper, President of the NCD Alliance said, "The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic shows many intersections between Covid-19 and NCDs. People living with NCDs are more vulnerable to Covid-19, with a substantially higher risk of becoming severely ill or dying from the virus. The pandemic is also impacting the poorest communities around the world and the most vulnerable people in every country. The civil society solidarity fund was born out of the need to tackle NCDs as fundamental to health security and to prevent a reversal of gains made in NCD prevention control around the world."