Chronic diseases and health promotion

Global Forum on Chronic Diseases Prevention and Control

Together in global action: Africa, Europe, South-East Asia, the Americas, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Western Pacific


The goal of the global forum for NCD prevention and control is to develop national integrated noncommunicable disease prevention and control programmes based on demonstration programmes at community level, surveillance and other activities, prevent the incidence of noncommunicable diseases by tackling the major risk factors, and underlying determinants of health, reduce premature mortality and reducing morbidity caused by leading causes of death, improve quality of life, with particular focus on developing countries, working through regional networks in line with the global strategy approved by the 53rd World Health Assembly.

The global forum and its network of community-based NCD prevention programmes can also be means to facilitate overall economic development.

The specific objectives of the global forum include:

  • Encourage the development of regional networks of national integrated NCD prevention and control in all six WHO Regions.
  • Support regional networks through interregional collaboration and international partnership.
  • Disseminate scientific evidence and experience, and provide updated guidance on primary and secondary prevention of NCDs.
  • Increase awareness of NCD prevention and control initiatives through advocacy at the regional and global levels.
  • Promote the harmonization of monitoring and surveillance methodologies.
  • Promote collaborative research and capacity building in relation to primary and secondary prevention.
  • Contribute to training and capacity building, particularly in developing countries.