Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH): Major Challenge to Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Session Date: April 23, 2021

Session Description: In 2017, 41 million people died globally from NCDs; more than 75% of these deaths occurred in LMICs. The etiology of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is complex and influenced by different individual, social, environmental and private sector determinants. The risks for many of the major NCDs are associated with the production, marketing and consumption of commercially produced products, food and drink (such as those containing sugar, salt and trans fats), alcohol and tobacco. The world is four years post agreement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The timeline serves as an important milestone for monitoring risks, outcomes and progress related to health across member states of the WHO. Key to seeing changes in health outcomes is implementation of effective interventions using a multi-sectoral approach on the ground. It is important for the global community to acknowledge threats to health, especially from corporate sector, and prepare to confront the challenges of multi-sectoral action. This expert panel discussion will facilitate discussion on Commercial Determinants of Health (CDoH), appreciate how they impact global health and highlight the need for multisectoral action for the reduction of non-communicable diseases.