Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

WHO launches Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor

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.

EU mHealth Hub Project - Request for Expressions of Interest

EU mHealth-Hub-Project

On 7 August 2017, the EU mHealth Hub Project released a Request for Expressions of Interest to apply as the Host of the EU mHealth Hub. This is open to both individual institutions and consortia of partners who meet the criteria for Host. The EU mHealth Hub Project is a collaboration between WHO and ITU to collect best practices on the use of mHealth in Europe.

The closing date for Expressions of Interest to be submitted is Friday 29 September 2017 at 15:00 hours (GMT+2).

Development of a draft global action plan to promote physical activity

Illustration about noncommunicable diseases and physical activity in Russia
WHO /Sergey Volkov

1 August 2017 -- 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 is hosting an open web-based consultation on a first draft from 1 August 2017 to 22 September 2017.

ECOSOC’s latest Task Force resolution calls for more investment in NCDs

The UN Interagency Task Force on NCDs logo over an image from an ECOSOC meeting.
UN Television

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.

Michael Bloomberg receives WHO Medal

Bloomberg Philanthropies

New York, 2 May 2017 -- Honoring his years of service to public health, his commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases, and his work to reduce preventable injuries, WHO Global Ambassador Michael Bloomberg was awarded the WHO Medal today during a drowning prevention convening led by his foundation.

Dealing with China's tobacco addiction

BEIJING, 14 April 2017 -- A ground-breaking WHO/UNDP report warns that 200 million lives will be lost in China this century if drastic steps are not taken to curb tobacco use. Launched recently, the report also outlines a comprehensive tobacco control policy package that can bring about enormous health and economic benefits to China.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

Walk the Talk: WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative

Walk the Talk: a WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative

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.

What is prevention of noncommunicable diseases?

Reducing the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases – tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol – is the key focus of WHO’s work to prevent deaths from noncommunicable diseases. NCDs – primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – are the world’s largest killers, with an estimated 38 million deaths annually. Of these deaths, 16 million are premature (under 70 years of age). If we reduce the global impact of risk factors, we can go a long way to reducing the number of deaths worldwide.

Contact us

Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organization
20 Avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Telephone: +41 22 791 4426
Fax: + 41 22 791 4832