Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Action on NCDs an essential component of national development plans

Panellists at the side event that dealt with the links between NCDs and the Sustainable Development Goals during the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York, 18 July 2016.
WHO/P Garwood

18 July 2016 -- As stated by several health ministers, supported by WHO, other UN agencies and civil society representatives, taking action on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) will help governments ensure the sustainable development of their countries.

During the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development held in New York, WHO and the Russian Federation staged an event titled Reflecting the Non-communicable disease-related SDG targets for 2030 in national SDG responses: Leaving No One Behind.

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

WHO/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.


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