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Thank you for your interest in the Community of Practice on the Meaningful Involvement of People living with NCDs facilitated by the NCD Alliance.

People living with NCDs are powerful agents of change, capable of leveraging their lived experience to reach others and help break down stigma and discrimination. Their views, perspectives and participation are essential to inform laws, policies, healthcare services and any other systemic decision that regards them. Equipped with skills, networks and knowledge, they are active players in the response to NCDs at both individual and system levels. Their successful participation stands to make the NCD response more urgent, more accountable, more robust and effective.

This Community of Practice aims to develop a shared understanding of the need for, and benefit of, the meaningful involvement of people most affected by and living with NCDs as a key element the NCD response; increase knowledge on how to promote meaningful involvement and stimulate advocacy efforts calling for increased meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs. Specific objectives of this Community of Practice will be to:

• Discuss, evolve and define what is meant by “meaningful involvement” of people living with NCDs and compile and share a repository of good practices relating to the meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs.

• Draw out lessons learned from other social movements in the meaningful involvement of people directly affected by an issue, such as: HIV/AIDS, disability, etc.Discuss strategies for furthering the Advocacy Agenda of People Living with NCDs and advocating meaningful involvement of PLWNCDs in national, regional and global contexts (such as the 2018 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs).

• Provide a space for discussions between key stakeholders interested in exploring and promoting the meaningful participation of people living with NCDs, distilling how they can contribute.

• Develop a paper on the global standard for meaningful involvement of people living with NCDs as a key element of a successful NCD response. The global standard will look to promote increased action and accountability by expanding on forms of involvement and the needed contributions from different key stakeholders, including governments, civil society organisations, healthcare providers, private sector, etc;

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