Call for Cases: Public-Private interactions in nutrition-related non-communicable diseases

Lessons from research, policy and practice

Jointly funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research—Institute of Population and Public Health (CIHR-IPPH) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) with contributions in-kind from the UK Health Forum (UKHF)

Multisectoral initiatives such as public-private partnerships and other forms of public-private interactions have been proposed as being central to achieving the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025), and WHO global targets on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These public-private interactions may however give rise to a range of ethical challenges, including conflicts of interest and issues of governance.

This Casebook will present and explore the critical ethical considerations relating to public-pri­vate interactions involving the for-profit commercial sector in the prevention of nutrition-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It will examine experiences of public-private interactions in different country contexts, with a focus on the governance and conflicts of interest challenges relating to interactions between those working in public health research, policy and practice and the for-profit commercial sector. The Casebook's aim is to raise awareness and support action to strengthen the governance of these interactions (e.g. decision-making processes to manage challenges) and prevent conflicts of interest. Cases may be submitted from other risk factor areas such as alcohol control, where it can be demonstrated that they offer transferable lessons for the prevention of nutrition-related NCDs.

If you are interested in contributing to this collection, please visit the Call for Cases [ PDF (232 KB) - external link ] webpage to review the guidelines for authors [ PDF (397 KB) - external link ] and submit a short abstract of your case (between 350-700 words) electronically as a Word document to Modi Mwatsama, UK Health Forum, email: by July 15, 2016, 23:59 GMT.

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