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Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH)

The Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) Cluster is concerned with the rapid rise of noncommunicable diseases, mental disorders, injuries and violence. These conditions represent one of the major health challenges to global development in the 21st century and are collectively responsible for 72% of all deaths. Despite popular belief, the rapid rise of these conditions predominantly affects low- and middle-income countries.


NMH provides leadership and evidence for international action on surveillance, prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, mental and substance abuse disorders, malnutrition, violence and injuries and disabilities.


  • To reduce the toll of morbidity, disability and premature mortality related to heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, respiratory diseases, blindness and deafness, mental disorders, injuries and violence.
  • To reduce the level of exposure to their key risk factors (tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol).
  • To improve nutrition and food safety in support of public health and sustainable development.

NMH departments and centres

Food Safety (FOS)
Management of Noncommunicable Diseases (MND)
Mental Health and Substance Abuse (MSD)
Nutrition for Health and Development (NHD)
Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases (PND)
Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability (VIP)

NMH-hosted partnerships

Standing Committee on Nutrition (SCN)