Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

WHO to establish high-level commission on noncommunicable diseases

10 October 2017-Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), announced today 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.

Uruguay President, WHO to stage global conference on NCDs


From 18-20 October, 2017, world leaders will meet in Montevideo, Uruguay, to promote health and national development through taking action to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes. WHO, the Office of the President of Uruguay, and that country’s Ministry of Health are organizing the Global Conference on NCDs.

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.

Worldwide, 81% of school-aged children are not active enough

A young girl breaks a red ribbon as she wins a run race in India

1 February 2017 -- A lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries. Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body. Some physical activity is better than none. WHO's Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020, calls for a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025..

NCDs and sustainable development event at Prince Mahidol Award Conference

Panellists and participants of a side-event at the prestigious invitation-only Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 January to 3 February 2017.
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29 January to 3 February 2017 – The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD) held a side-event at the prestigious invitation-only Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, entitled “NCDs and Sustainable Development: The Way Forward,” examined the complex global health landscape and the place of NCDs within the universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals frameworks. The session highlighted the importance of tracking resources and aligning international development assistance with national health strategies and NCD plans. Possible challenges and solutions were identified for increased international cooperation and policy coherence at global, regional and national levels to address NCDs.

Test your knowledge: take the NCDs quiz

How much do you know about the challenges posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and global efforts to respond? Test out your knowledge through this online WHO quiz.