Noncommunicable diseases: Campaign for action – meeting the NCD targets

Take a stand, send a message to show how you #beatNCDs

Make your voice heard and urge governments, the private sector and other those who play major roles in promoting health and reducing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) to meet commitments to reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025 and, in line with the Agenda for Sustainable Development, one-third by 2030.

Thailand’s physical activity drive is improving health by addressing NCDs

Thailand’s physical activity movement has been gaining momentum, championed by the country’s prime minister, Gen. Prayuth Chan-o-cha.

New cycle paths have been installed around the country. Popular media, from SMS and social media campaigns, to promotions in cinemas and rock concerts, are calling for an increase in physical activity, like 10 kilometre runs in the capital, Bangkok, and 20 other locations around the country. Public parks are becoming beacons for health, with tai chi, yoga, dancing and other healthy programmes the norm.

Angthong Municipality

Prevention and control of NCDs: a business case in Kyrgyzstan

A new report from WHO and the Kyrgyz Government shows that implementing measures to prevent NCDs would not only bring health gains for the population, but would also have a return on investment of up to 12 times the cost of the intervention. This is one of a series of reports WHO/Europe is producing in collaboration with the United Nations Interagency Task Force on NCDs and the United Nations Development Programme.

A woman getting her waist measured in the Philippines

Philippines embraces efforts to step up cardiovascular disease care

Suffering a stroke when she was just 44 sent alarm bells ringing for Manila City Hall engineering assistant Marissa Receo.

“My brother died from a stroke when he was 50, my mother suffered from hypertension, and I had a stroke and was overweight,” says Marissa, now 54. “I had to become healthier – not just for me but for my children and grandchildren.”

M. Receo

Estonia taxing sugary drinks to beat NCDs

23 June 2017 - Estonian lawmakers have approved legislation taxing soft drinks to cut sugar consumption, improve health and raise revenue. This initiative is in line with WHO’s advice on reducing consumption of sugary drinks to tackle the epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Estonia’s step demonstrates the feasibility of governments acting to beat NCDs.

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Oman beating noncommunicable diseases at souks and bakeries

11 August 2017 – From smoke-free souks to low-salt bread, businesses and communities in the Sultanate of Oman are leading the charge against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart and lung diseases, cancer, and diabetes. Oman is one of several countries selected by WHO to receive support to fast-track progress on achieving nine global targets to prevent and control NCDs, including a reduction of premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025.

Uruguay President, WHO to stage global conference on NCDs

From 18-20 October 2017, world leaders will meet in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote health and national development through taking action to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes.

WHO, the Office of the President of Uruguay, and that country's Ministry of Health are organising the Global Conference on NCDs.

About the campaign

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16 million people died prematurely from NCDs in 2012 alone. Taking action against the main NCD risks – tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity – will help countries meet global targets to reduce deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025. It’s time to unleash the world’s potential to beat NCDs.

What can you do?

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Start your own national or local campaign to raise awareness among the general public on the impact of noncommunicable diseases, their cost, and the actions that can be taken now to beat NCDs.

Share your story

NCDs affect millions of people in many different ways, from those living with cancers, heart and lung disease, and diabetes, to loved ones and health workers caring for those affected. Share your story on how NCDs affect you.

Country implementation

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Information on how noncommunicable diseases impact countries, and the measures being undertaken to prevent and control these conditions.