Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Synergies for beating NCDs and promoting mental health and well-being

Marilyn, manager of the Jamaica Cancer Society branch in St Marys, says goodbye to her friend after spending the day providing cancer screening services to women in her community.
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20 March 2018 -- As many people are affected by mental and neurological disorders (MNDs) – including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia – as NCDs.

This is why promoting mental health and well-being is a key part of WHO’s efforts to accelerate the work being done to prevent and control NCDs as it prepares for the Third United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.

Third United Nations High-level Meetings on NCDs

Together let's beat NCDs: preparing for the third UN High-level Meeting on NCDs, 2018.

24 November 2017 -- Preparations are ongoing for the UN General Assembly third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). The event will review global and national progress to protect people from dying too young from heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.

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 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 staged global conference on NCDs


Between 18-20 October, 2017, world leaders met 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 organized 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.
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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.