Abstract

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has been exhausting the entire global economy. As the greatest challenge to sustainable development in all societies and health systems, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their relevant risk factors are the main causes of illness and death during the 21st century in high, middle, and low-income countries (LMICs). NCDs are also among the main underlying causes of death among COVID-19 patients in many countries. People living with or affected by NCDs (PLWANCDs) are more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with COVID-19. Although the ongoing pandemic will be a fundamental game-changer for prioritization and resource allocation in many countries in years to come, ample evidence indicates that NCDs will remain the main killer of people and the costliest barrier to sustainable societies. Looking through the lenses of universal health coverage (UHC), this paper advocates rebuilding our world during COVID-19 aftermath, in a way to harmonize efforts to live with pandemics and make our health systems resilient, balanced, and comprehensive enough to accommodate all threats to humanity, including both communicable and noncommuincable diseases.

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