Climate change and non-communicable diseases are two sweeping global health challenges that share an underlying lack of urgency, political will, strengthened action, and accountability. ACCESS Health Southeast Asia’s former intern, Lavanya Prakash, proposed a solution, based on the Lancet Commission’s piece “The Global Syndemic of Obesity, Undernutrition and Climate Change”. Her report calls for an innovative solution, a syndemic approach that brings health and non-health sectors to address the underlying commercial, social and environmental determinants of noncommunicable disease. In her independent report, published outside the auspices of ACCESS Health Southeast Asia, Lavanya calls for a “a paradigm shift in the way we as civil society, development agencies, healthcare professionals and everyone in-between view and develop healthcare policy – which is to serve not only humanity but also the planet.”