Bulletin of the World Health Organization

Ethical tensions in dealing with noncommunicable diseases globally

Sridhar Venkatapuram, Martin McKee & David Stuckler

Volume 90, Number 3, March 2012, 241-242

Table 1. Comparison of declarations on noncommunicable diseases made at meetings held by World Health Organization regional offices

Intervention Tehran (Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean)
25–26 October 2010
Oslo (Regional Office for Europe)
25–26 November 2010
Jakarta (Regional Office for South-East Asia)
March 2011
Nadi (Regional Office for the Western Pacific)
5 February 2011
Mexico City (Regional Office for the Americas)
25 February 2011
Seoul (Regional Office for the Western Pacific)
18 March 2011
Brazzaville (Regional Office for Africa)
6 April 2011
Scope
Includes mention of mental health or injuries No Yes No No Yes No Yes
Framing
Address NCDs as a human right No Yes No No No No No
Address social determinants of NCDs Yes Yes No No Yes Yes Yes
Finance
Include NCDs in international development goals Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Increase development assistance for health for NCDs Yes No No No Yes Yes Yes
Increase domestic funding for NCDs Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Prevention
Implementing fiscal and regulatory measures to address NCDs Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Involvement of civil society Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Involvement of private sector Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Health care
Strengthen primary health care Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Specific call to deliver essential medicines and technologies No No No No No No No

NCDs, noncommunicable diseases.