Working with the regions
Regional networks for integrated chronic disease prevention and control
The global strategy for NCD prevention and control adopted by the 53rd World Health Assembly in May 2000 (resolution WHA53.17) calls for the development of networks of national programmes for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, in order to disseminate information, exchange experiences, and support regional and national initiatives.
Two networks of community-based NCD prevention programmes, CINDI and CARMEN are well established and are active in European and American countries. Their experience could provide useful guidance to other WHO regions. In particular, their experience indicates that networking facilitates exchange of information and experience on technical and management issues, and helps network members to plan cooperative ventures, brainstorm, and launch new activities.
NCD prevention and control programmes are also emerging as a priority in many developing countries. Accordingly, there is a pressing need to strengthen and link NCD prevention and control initiatives in presently under-served regions. There are, however, encouraging signs in all WHO regions concerning NCD prevention and control initiative and networking efforts.