Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

137 countries come share experiences and identify priority actions for NCDs

Participants of the Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers
WHO/C Black

17 February 2016 -- In a powerful sign of government determination to beat noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), more than 200 delegates from 137 national Ministries of Health met in Geneva during 15-17 February 2016 for the first WHO Global Meeting of National NCD Programme Directors and Managers.

The meeting was organized jointly by WHO’s seven major offices and the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, to ensure national NCD directors from all regions would have a voice at the event.

UN Task Force on NCDs: Joint UN actions to accelerate action to address noncommunicable diseases in Paraguay


Asuncion, 26 February 2016 -- The United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) carried out a mission in Paraguay from 22 to 26 February 2016 to support the government in accelerating the implementation of actions to tackle NCDs - principally cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and associated risk factors. NCDs cause almost three quarters of all deaths with nearly 1 in 5 people dying prematurely from NCDs in Paraguay.

Improving the availability and affordability of essential medicines and basic health technologies for noncommunicable diseases

WHO has published a discussion paper on access to essential medicines and basic health technologies for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The goal is to assist Member States in their national efforts to achieve target 9 as outlined in the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020.

Global coordination mechanism for NCDs

The scope and purpose of the WHO GCM/NCD is to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multi-stakeholder engagement and action across sectors at the local, national, regional and global levels, in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020.

Development of a framework for action to promote action across sectors for health and health equity

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.