11 October 2017– The number of obese children and adolescents (aged five to 19 years) worldwide has risen tenfold in the past four decades. If current trends continue, more children and adolescents will be obese than moderately or severely underweight by 2022, according to a new study led by Imperial College London and WHO. Children and adolescents have rapidly transitioned from mostly underweight to mostly overweight in many middle-income countries, including in East Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean.
10 October 2017-Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today the establishment of a new High-level global Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). The announcement came at the 64th Session of WHO’s Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean being held in Islamabad, 9-12 October.
70th World Health Assembly adopts resolution endorsing update of Appendix 3
On 31 May a resolution was adopted endorsing an updated list of evidence-based and cost-effective interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs. The list, featured as Appendix 3 of the WHO Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020, was revised based on new evidence using WHO-CHOICE. From a total of 88 proposed interventions, the updated Appendix 3 contains 16 interventions which are considered the most cost-effective and feasible for implementation. Among them are enacting and enforcing comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising; increasing excise taxes on alcoholic beverages; reducing salt intake through the reformulation of food products; offering drug therapy and counselling to those who have had a heart attack or stroke; vaccinating girls aged 9-13 years against human papillomavirus; and screening women aged 30-49 years for cervical cancer.
From 18-20 October, 2017, world leaders will meet in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote health and national development through taking action to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes. WHO, the Office of the President of Uruguay, and that country’s Ministry of Health are organizing the Global Conference on NCDs.
7 June 2017 -- To accelerate global and national responses to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has called for greater financing to respond to the global epidemics of heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes, including providing sufficient resources for the work of the UN NCD Task Force.
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..
WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases: Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs by 2030
WHO is organizing the Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs): Enhancing policy coherence between different spheres of policy making that have a bearing on attaining SDG target 3.4 on NCDs to, by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from NCDs through prevention and treatment. The Conference is hosted by the President of Uruguay from 18 to 20 October 2017 in Montevideo.
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
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