April 2018 -- Further to the decision of the 140th session of the Executive Board to request the WHO Director-General to develop a draft global action plan to promote physical activity, the WHO Secretariat prepared a draft global action plan and conducted wide consultation with Member States, international experts, interested stakeholders and held an open on line consultation during August and September 2017.
Informed by the feedback received, the WHO Secretariat has prepared an updated Draft 2 of the global action plan for submission to the Executive Board 142nd Session in January 2018. Further to comments and discussion of Draft 2 at EB142 a revised Draft 3 has been prepared for consideration at WHA71.
8 March, 2018 | Cape Town: Dr Douglas Bettcher, World Health Organization director of the department for the prevention of noncommunicable diseases, was today awarded a Luther L. Terry Distinguished Career Award for his lifetime contribution to tobacco control.
5 March 2018 -- The World Health Organization (WHO) has been working closely with many countries to examine the structure and dynamics of their tobacco markets, and to help implement better tobacco tax policy. This experience has led the economics team to develop the WHO Tobacco Tax Simulation Model (TaXSiM) to help countries with tax policy analysis, impact assessment and decision-making.
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, the WHO's Director-General, today announced 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. The commission’s aim is to identify innovative ways to curb the world’s biggest causes of death and extend life expectancy for millions of people.
18 September 2017 – Governments are making limited progress, so more action is needed to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and the main risk factors to meet global targets to reduce premature deaths. Limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes – which are the world’s biggest killers, and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.
31 May 2018
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day, highlighting the health and other risks associated with tobacco use, and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. The focus of World No Tobacco Day 2018 is "Tobacco and heart disease."
The World Health Organization (WHO) commends the Philippines as it passes a landmark law today with new tax provisions for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB). The Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act provides a Php6 per litre tax (approximately 14% increase in price) for caloric and non-caloric sweetened beverages. The initiative makes Philippines among the first countries in Asia to introduce SSB tax in their national agenda.
In major victories for tobacco control efforts, four U.S. tobacco companies are publishing court-ordered “corrective statements” to set the record straight on the dangers of their products, while a major French bank has announced it will divest its interests in the tobacco industry.
This one-day forum will explore the role of health promotion from a Planetary Health lens. By bringing together health actors from various sectors the forum seeks to increase awareness on the far-reaching impact of environmental factors on the well-being of populations globally, and share ideas and approaches to address them.
On 13 September 2017, tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI) announced its support for the establishment of a new entity - the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. PMI indicated that it expects to support the Foundation by contributing approximately USD 80 million annually over the next 12 years.
WHO is supporting efforts in Manila to step up prevention, detection and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the world’s number one killer, responsible for one-third of all deaths in the Philippines. Ahead of World Heart Day – 29 September – the success of this initiative shows action can be taken to beat cardiovascular diseases. Noncommunicable diseases, primarily cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic lung diseases and diabetes, impact all age groups in the Philippines, especially the nation’s young.
Key publications on NCDs
- Promoting health: Guide to national implementation of the Shanghai Declaration
Promoting health in the SDGs
- Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2017
- Tobacco and its environmental impact: an overview
- WHO Expert Consultation on Public Health Intervention against Early Childhood Caries, Report of a Meeting, Thailand, 26-28 January 2016
- Health Promoting School: an effective approach for early action on NCD risk factors
- Noncommunicable diseases: the slow motion disaster
- NCI Tobacco Control Monograph Series 21 - The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control
- Fiscal policies for diet and the prevention of noncommunicable diseases
- SHAKE the salt habit - Technical package for salt reduction
- Plain packaging of tobacco products: evidence, design and implementation
- Report of the Commission on Ending Childhood Obesity
- Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020