Impact assessment: bringing sectors together to act on health
The UN General Assembly adopted the Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in 2011 and pledged to promote action through multisectoral action for health (MSA). However, MSA is a process that rarely occurs naturally and tools are needed to help facilitate and sustain the process.
On 20-22 June 2012, international experts, policy-makers and academics gathered at the WHO Centre for Health Development in Kobe to examine tools that will assist policy-makers to promote and sustain MSA.
Impact assessment has the potential to empower the health sector to develop an effective and mutually beneficial relationship with other sectors to coordinate action for health.