Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

New WHO monitoring tool tracks country action on responding to NCDs

Executive summary

The World Health Organization’s new Noncommunicable Disease Progress Monitor tracks the extent to which 194 countries are implementing their commitments to develop national responses to the global burden of NCDs.

The Monitor provides a snapshot of some of the achievements and challenges faced by both developed and developing countries as they strive to reach globally agreed targets to combat cancer, diabetes, and heart and lung disease.

It uses the 10 indicators and their sub-indicators on which WHO will base its report on progress at the 2018 High-level Meeting on NCDs at the UN General Assembly.

The Monitor covers a range of critical issues, from the setting of overall NCD reduction targets, to strong measures to reduce tobacco consumption, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, along with measures to strengthen treatment and care for people with NCDs. Two countries score 14 out of a total of 18 fully achieved measures (Brazil and Costa Rica). Other countries that have made major strides include Chile, the Islamic Republic of Iran, the United Kingdom, Canada, Colombia, and the Russian Federation.

However, a significant number of countries show very poor achievement of these progress indicators, with 14 countries not achieving a single progress indicator and a further 20 countries only achieving one of the indicators.

This all underscores the need to for all countries to scale up actions in order to make real and sustained investments in the most promising and proven interventions for NCD prevention and control.

The potential to address the huge impact felt in all countries by NCDs is clearly achievable, as demonstrated by the countries where real progress has been made.

WHO has also launched a new mobile application – the WHO NCD Data Finder, for use on all mobile devices such as smart phones and mobile tablets. The NCD Data Finder presents information on the NCD situation in each country – including data on deaths, risk factors and country systems response. The new app can be downloaded from the following links for either Android or iOS devices: