The ForumDCNTs was established as an initiative to build capacity for cross-sectoral dialogue and partnerships to address the threat of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in Brazil, guided by the SDG 17, to achieve the SDG 3.4 target of reducing premature mortality caused by NCDs by one third by 2030. Although several projects addressing NCDs exist in isolation, there has been no neutral ground in Brazil to facilitate collaboration and peer education between sectors to maximize impact with the goal of achieving sustainable and scalable solutions. The ForumDCNTs' biannual convenings are attended by ~50 leaders and authorities, so from: 6 public sector institutions (Federal Ministry of Health, Municipal and State Secretaries of Health and Universities), 14 health companies (pharma and medtech) and 23 not-for-profit organizations. During the morning period, the three sectors share knowledge and best practices of multisectoral programs and policies to fight NCDs; in the afternoon, workgroups share lessons and develop action plans to co-design or co-accelerate innovative strategies. Areas explored include: epidemiological updates, partnership building strategies, return-on-investment evaluations, public health priorities, and strategies for improving prevention and treatment of the main NCDs and their risk factors.
Moreover, the ForumDCNTs disseminates events, opportunities for partnerships, case studies, and facilitates access to resources through a monthly newsletter, webinars, Facebook page, Twitter (@ForumDCNTs), YouTube channel, LinkedIn group and website: www.ForumDCNTs.org
Two committee lead the initiative, the Organizing Committee and the Advisory Committee. In total, there are twelve active members from private, NGO, public and CSO representatives in the Committees.
Interestingly, more than 75% of the participants of biannual convenings are returning participants, all of them declare that the convening promos intersectoral dialogue and cooperation; 96% identify new partners during the convenings; 77.4% expresses motivation to engage in multisectoral partnerships between the convenings; and we have been observing an increase of 50% in the number of intersectoral projects in implementation phase between each convening.
In addition, the ForumDCNTs has already facilitated, for the first time in Brazil, the following achievements:
• NGOs united toward common goals and participation as a group at the UN High Level Meeting on NCDs in 2018;
• Public authorities committing to the sustainability of NCDs programs, proposed in conjunction with the private sector (e.g. diabetes and hypertension care programs in primary healthcare);
• Increased opportunities for the private and public sectors to participate in discussions with civil society (e.g. sugary drinks taxation);
• Foundation of an alliance for advocacy in cardiovascular care (GAC);
• Incorporation of additional themes in existing programs (e.g. mental disorders and hypercholesterolemia, hypertension and diabetes screening and referrals).
Reduce in 1/3 premature mortality caused by NCDs by 2030 (SDG 3.4), improving the Brazilian universal health coverage to guarantee equity.