Non-Communicable Disease Interagency Coordinating Committee (NCD ICC)
The National NCD Strategy, 2015-2020 provides a framework upon which both the National and County Governments can draw action plans for the prevention and control of NCDs. Although the primary role and responsibility for preventing and controlling non-communicable diseases (NCDs) lie with the state, engagement of all sectors of society is essential for success.
Achievement of the objectives set forth in the NCD strategy requires the engagement of all key stakeholders on NCDs and at high levels of policy making in the country. In recognition of the need to bring these stakeholders together, the Strategy proposes the formation of an Intersectoral Coordination Committee (ICC).
The role of the interagency coordinating committee (ICC) is to coordinate the activities of relevant stakeholders to support the realization of the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases. In addition, the NCD ICC will play a critical role in supporting the implementation of the Kenya National Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases 2015-2020.
The objectives of the NCD ICC are outlined below:
• To support country efforts to prevent and control non-communicable diseases and
• mitigate their impacts.
• To facilitate systematic and timely information exchange among stakeholders about
• existing and planned strategies, programs, and activities.
• To facilitate information sharing on available resources and to undertake resource
• mobilization for the implementation of agreed activities.
• To strengthen advocacy in order to raise the priority accorded to the prevention and
• control of non-communicable diseases.
• To strengthen international collaboration in support of national plans for the prevention
• and control of non-communicable diseases
• To coordinate research on prevention and control of NCDs
The NCD ICC will comprise TWG which will be both disease-specific and cross-cutting.
Technical Working Groups
The Technical Working Group (TWG) is an independent committee whose primary role is policy formulation and coordination of activities within a specific area of focus. The areas of focus identified are disease-specific and cross-cutting. The proposed TWGs are as outlined below.
1. Research and M&E
2. Advocacy and communication (to include palliative care)
3. Resource mobilization
4. Policy and legislation
5. Supply Chain
6. Tobacco, Alcohol and Drugs
7. Diet and physical activity
9. Cardiovascular diseases
10. Violence and Injury Prevention (including sexual gender-based violence)
12. Mental health
13. Chronic respiratory diseases
Additional (ad hoc) TWGs can be established by the chair of the ICC in consultation with NCD ICC members.
Membership and governance of TWGs
The TWGs will comprise multi-sectoral stakeholders supporting the specific area of focus for the respective TWG. Membership will be voluntary and will comprise organizations and not individuals. The TWGs may include member organizations who are not members of the NCD ICC. Members may also be co-opted to the TWG on an ad hoc basis as the need arises. The respective TWG will appoint a chair and a co-chair. The Chair will be from the MOH and the co-chair from other non-governmental agencies on a rotation basis annually among members of the TWG. The secretary will be designated by the TWG. The minimum number for a TWG to be fully functional is 5 members who should be from different sectors and not from one sector.
• Public sector - MOH, MOF, MOE, MOA, Office of the president, Ministry of ICT, COG ( chair of CEC &county directors, chair of the health secretariat at COG), AG office, Parliamentary & Senate Health Committee 12
• Private sector – Kenya health federation, 1
• Civil society – KENCO, KETCA, NCD Alliance( chairperson) - 5
• Patient groups rep - 3
• Development partner/ intergovernmental organizations – WHO, UNICEF, UNDP, FAO, REDCROSS, AMREF, MSF, WORLD BANK 8
• Research organizations – KEMRI/APHRC 1
• Academia –Schools of Public Health, social scientist, school of economics, 3
• Faith-based - inter-religious council 3
• Co-opted members based on expertise ad hoc 1
• Ex- Officio Members e.g. TWG chairs, unit heads
• Chair - MOH (Director-General for Health)
• Co-chair - other non-governmental agency on a rotational basis (all members to apply, CS appoints)
Conflict of interest
• Public health policies for prevention and control of NCDs must be protected from undue influence by any form of vested interest.
• Should a conflict of interest arise from a situation involving members of the ICC or external parties, the secretariat will be required to act as a repository with a view to compiling incidents of conflicts of interest and provide a platform to discuss such issues.