Access to essential medications, such as insulin, must be improved and the impact of NCD preventive activities and preparedness for crisis further addressed.

Although this seems an insurmountable task, the impressive progress that has been made in the management of communicable diseases demonstrates that large-scale change is achievable with global collaboration, research and advocacy. Therefore, let us face this new frontier in global health with courage to establish feasible and effective interventions in order to improve humanitarian action and join international efforts to prevent, control and ultimately reduce the burden of NCDs, in particular in the world’s most vulnerable populations.