Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

National noncommunicable diseases policies

National NCD policies, strategies and plans of action


In response to the commitment expressed through the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs, several governments around the world have developed national policies, strategies and/or plans of action to prevent and control NCDs.

Such instruments serve to guide efforts to address the growing threat of cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory diseases, among other NCDs. Those which are multisectoral and reflect national targets offer a framework for addressing NCDs and their risk factors through a public health approach.

While these instruments vary in nature and scope, WHO recommends that they be concrete and contain objectives, priorities, targets, timetables, budgets and an integrated monitoring framework in line with related global efforts. WHO also advocates that they be developed in a participatory manner, involving both government and nongovernment actors alike, and that responsibility be assigned for all stages of their implementation.

This web page offers a set of tools for developing, implementing and monitoring national multisectoral plans. NCD policies, strategies and plans from select countries are also provided.

Tools to develop national NCD policies, strategies and plans of action

Key steps leading to the development, implementation and monitoring of the the National Multisectoral Action Plan on NCDs.

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