Since the Covid-19 pandemic began, many people who need treatment for diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, hypertension, and diabetes have not been receiving the health services and medicines they need . Noncommunicable disease (NCD) patients with lower socioeconomic status are vulnerable to non-adherence to medication and adverse health outcomes. The problem is particularly exacerbated during the ongoing Covid-19 epidemic due to loss of jobs and wages coupled with disruption in patients’ usual drug access sources. Similarly, a temporary closure of outpatient facilities in government secondary and tertiary care facilities has been declared in Bangladesh, though some facilities have been converted into dedicated Covid-19 hospitals. This project will engage different stakeholders in prioritizing NCD management through situational analysis and by identifying a coping strategy for NCDs management. A policy brief will be developed to ensure NCDs clinical management in the Covid-19 treatment protocol. Additionally, treatment and research guidelines will be prepared for providing NCD-related activities.
Shamim H. Talukder
Chief Executive Officer, Eminence Associates for Social Development