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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Key publications on NCDs
- Noncommunicable Diseases Progress Monitor 2017
"Best buys" and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of NCDs
WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic, 2017
Tobacco threatens us all
- 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
- Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014
2011 UN Political Declaration on NCDs