Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Countries need to increase action on noncommunicable diseases

WHO/Anna Kari

10 July 2014 -- As world leaders gather at the United Nations General Assembly to assess efforts made since 2011 in controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, the new WHO "Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014" show insufficient and uneven progress. The report provides an updated overview of the NCD situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries.

High-level Meeting of the UN General Assembly to review progress towards the prevention and control of NCDs

A womand with a child.

10-11 July 2014, New York -- Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs are meeting in New York on 10-11 July 2014 to assess whether Member States delivered on their commitments made in the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs, to agree on the next big breakthrough to curb the avoidable burden of noncommunicable diseases and to identify concrete measures to be implemented in the coming four years.

Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020

The global burden and threat of NCDs constitutes a major public health challenge that undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and inter alia has the effect of increasing inequalities between countries and within populations. As requested by the World Health Assembly in resolution WHA64.11, the Secretariat has developed a draft "Global action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs for the period 2013–2020", building on what has already been achieved through the implementation of the 2008–2013 action plan.

Global coordination mechanism for NCDs

The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs envisages to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multistakeholder engagement and action across sectors in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020.

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Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
World Health Organization