GARD Action Plan 2008-2013

The Action Plan of the Global Alliance against Chronic Respiratory Diseases (GARD) 2008-2013 is an instrument of the Action Plan for the Global Strategy for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2008 (WHA61.14).

The GARD Action Plan - endorsed by 2008 GARD General Meeting - sets out the vision, goal, purpose and strategic objectives for GARD collaborating parties, in order to guide their work between 2008-2013. It is a result-based management document, and it will be used as an evolving tool, in order to guide the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the work of the alliance at the global and country level.

The vision of GARD is a world where all people breathe freely. Its goal is to reduce the global burden of chronic respiratory diseases, and its purpose is to initiate a comprehensive approach to fight chronic respiratory diseases. GARD pursues the following four strategic objectives:

GARD core strategic objectives:

  • ADVOCACY. To raise the recognition of the importance of chronic respiratory diseases at global and country levels, and to advocate the integration of prevention and control of such diseases into policies across all government departments.
  • PARTNERSHIP. To promote partnering for the prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases.

GARD strategic objectives to support WHO technical work:

  • NATIONAL PLANS ON PREVENTION AND CONTROL. To support WHO in assisting countries to establish and strengthen national policies and plans for the prevention and control of chronic respiratory diseases using WHO endorsed approaches and methods.
  • SURVEILLANCE. To support WHO in monitoring chronic respiratory diseases and their determinants and evaluate progress at country, regional and global levels.