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.
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.