Ferdinant Mbiydzenyuy, Program Manager of NCD Prevention and Control Program for the CBC Health Services has been nominated as a global youth delegate for NCDs.
The 2019 Community Solutions Fellow was one of the 20 youths selected from over 560 applicants across the world, who took part in the WHO meeting to accelerate progress on NCDs and Mental Health in Muscat, Oman from December 9-12, 2019.
The Nominated young professionals participated as speakers, rapporteurs and panelists. They also held separate workshop to lay the foundation for a meaningful youth engagement structure with the global coordination mechanism for NCDs.
The meeting in Oman was meant to address Nation States and specifically to look into the challenges they are facing in implementing their commitments towards the global goals related to NCDs and Mental Health. Countries presented actions they have taken, which were used to motivate other actors for more progress to be made. Solutions were proposed to assist member states intensify their efforts to reach SDG target 3.4 of reducing deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2015.
Ferdinant Mbiydzenyuy who’s also the Secretary General of the Cameroon Civil Society NCD Alliance said “I was deeply honoured to be one of these youth delegates but more so, I felt a greater sense of meaningful responsibility as a young leader on NCD Prevention and Control”
Ongoing plans are to support the rest of the more than 500 applicants who were selected, to expand outreach to young people and amplify NCD action globally through national action. Cameroon is increasingly being recognized as a major NCD player due to the high engagements from civil society organization. This points to the importance of civil society in promoting development in growing economies like Cameroon.