Noncommunicable diseases: Campaign for action – meeting the NCD targets

Know the NCD targets

Governments have endorsed nine global voluntary targets with the overarching aim to reduce premature death from the four major NCDs by 25% by 2025.

And achieving these targets is feasible through high-level political commitment, whole-of-government action, and support and engagement from everyone to create the healthy environments needed to beat NCDs. A set of very cost effective and globally applicable interventions exist for attaining the nine targets by 2025.

The NCD targets

Target 1: A 25% relative reduction in the overall mortality from cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, or chronic respiratory diseases.

Target 2: At least 10% relative reduction in the harmful use of alcohol, as appropriate, within the national context.

Target 3: A 10% relative reduction in prevalence of insufficient physical activity.

Target 4: A 30% relative reduction in mean population intake of salt/sodium.

Target 5: A 30% relative reduction in prevalence of current tobacco use in persons aged 15+ years.

Target 6: A 25% relative reduction in the prevalence of raised blood pressure or contain the prevalence of raised blood pressure, according to national circumstances.

Target 7: Halt the rise in diabetes and obesity.

Target 8: At least 50% of eligible people receive drug therapy and counselling (including glycaemic control) to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

Target 9: An 80% availability of the affordable basic technologies and essential medicines, including generics, required to treat major NCDs in both public and private facilities.

WHO is working with governments to help them respond to the NCD epidemic in their countries and regions through:

  • setting national NCD targets for 2025 based on national circumstances;
  • developing multisectoral national NCD policies and plans to reduce exposure to risks that contribute to NCDs and enable health systems to respond to reach these national targets in 2025;
  • measuring results, taking into account the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020; and
  • helping raise awareness on the actions needed to prevent and control NCDs at national and community level.

Guidance on achieving the targets has been developed and appears in the WHO Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014.

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