Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Tenfold increase in childhood and adolescent obesity in four decades

2012 Kyalie Photography, Courtesy of Photoshare
2012 Kyalie Photography, Courtesy of Photoshare

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.

The NCD document repository

Screenshot of the WHO NCD document repository.

21 November 2016 -- The NCD document repository provides access to national NCD targets, policies, and guidelines submitted by Member States to WHO. While the majority of documents were received as part of each Member State’s response to the 2015 NCD Country Capacity Survey, new documents can be added at any time.


Monitoring and surveillance of noncommunicable diseases

Public health monitoring or surveillance activities comprise the regular collection of health information in terms of health indicators, the routinely analysis of indicators over time, place and between population groups, sharing of available scientific knowledge as well as the regular dissemination of results.

Good quality health information is essential for planning and implementing health policy in all countries. Monitoring and surveillance provide health information in a timely manner so that countries have the information that they need to fight epidemics now or plan for the future. They are fundamental tools for public health.