Layal Barjourd is the Technical Specialist (Country Support) for the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) as well as the special Assistant to the CEO, The Defeat- NCD Partnership. Layal has a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.). The Defeat-NCD Partnership is a practical response to the widespread call for action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Formally launched alongside the UN General Assembly in 2018, we are a ‘public-private-people’ partnership anchored in the United Nations but extending well beyond to include governments, multilateral agencies, civil society, academia, philanthropies, and the private sector. It’s vision is universal health coverage for NCDs.
To achieve this, our core mission focuses on assisting approximately 90 low-resource countries via comprehensive action across four interconnected service pillars: national NCD capacity building, community scale-up of NCD services, affordability, and accessibility of essential NCD supplies, and sustainable NCD financing.