UN Task Force on NCDs: operationalising national plans on noncommunicable diseases prevention and control in Bhutan
10 February 2017 -- Reducing harmful alcohol use, and improving diet and nutrition in Bhutan were among key areas focused on by the first joint mission to the country by the United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The task force visited Bhutan from 6-10 February to support the government in tackling NCDs - principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases and NCD-related conditions.
9 February 2017 -- ‘Walk the Talk: a WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative’ was launched at WHO headquarters and regional offices on the 19 January 2016. The initiative aims to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace and reflects the commitment of WHO staff to set an example by following the recommendations set forward to Member States. A comprehensive strategy for a healthy workplace addresses a broad range of health issues, including physical activity, occupational health and safety and nutrition. The initiative is taken forward by the ‘Staff Health Safety and Wellbeing’ committee.
1 February 2017 -- A lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries. Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body. Some physical activity is better than none. WHO's Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020, calls for a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025..
Health for all and all for health
21–24 November 2016 -- Promoting health is central to delivering on the Sustainable Development Goals. The '9th Global Conference on Health Promotion' in Shanghai will chart a new course for the next 15 years, aimed at inspiring national governments, municipal leaders and other stakeholders to grasp the great potential of promoting health across all sectors of society.
The NCD document repository
21 November 2016 -- The NCD document repository provides access to national NCD targets, policies, and guidelines submitted by Member States to WHO. While the majority of documents were received as part of each Member State’s response to the 2015 NCD Country Capacity Survey, new documents can be added at any time.
The GCM/NCD will launch the first meeting of the Working Group on health education and health literacy for NCDs on 27-28 February 2017 and will be held at WHO Headquarters.
Global Dialogue Meeting to discuss a critical dimension of accelerating noncommunicable disease (NCD) prevention and control: how non-State actors can support governments in meeting their NCD-related commitments to implement the NCD Global Action Plan and the global targets on NCDs as part of realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A side-event hosted by the Russian Federation and WHO, “Friends of UN Inter-Agency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable diseases (NCDs): Supporting Member States to achieve the NCD-related Sustainable Development Goals” has further raised the profile of the Task Force.
During the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York, WHO and the Russian Federation staged an event titled Reflecting the Non-communicable disease-related SDG targets for 2030 in national SDG responses: Leaving No One Behind.
WHO Global Communications Campaign on NCDs was successfully launched in New York on Monday, 18 July at a WHO-organized side-event to the ECOSOC High-level Political Forum on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Key publications on NCDs
Campaign for action
Feature stories on NCDs
Treating cardiovascular disease in Barbados
Right care, right time, right place: how Lithuania transformed cardiology care
New data initiative helps Morocco lift lid on country’s risk factors for noncommunicable diseases
Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization