Insufficient Allocation of Funds
Fund allocation for NCD programmes and disease burden are inversely proportionate.
In most of the SEAR countries, only low budget is allocated for health care.
Available funds are mostly allocated for addressing communicable diseases as well as maternal and child health issues.
“Sin tax” on tobacco and alcohol are innovative financing schemes, which generate huge funds.
There is a need to increase both domestic and international resources to address NCDs.
Difficulties in Engaging the Industry and Private Sector
Food and beverage industry and other profit making industries are the major contributors to NCDs.
Food and beverage industry people should be given a set of rules in order to reformulate products with lower sodium, lower sugar and eliminate trans fats. But it is not easy, since mostly they are in profit-making motives.
To ensure compliance of the industry with health policy norms, government regulations should be enforced.
Lack of Social Mobilization
There is an inadequate community mobilization and weak coordination that exists among civil society agencies and government agencies.
Social mobilization is needed for increasing the demand NCD control investments in the region.
Source: WHO-2011 report