Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

NMH Newsletter

Issue 1, January 2011


This is the first WHO Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health (NMH) newsletter of 2011. This year is going to be a landmark one for the NMH cluster and the multiple areas it covers as we prepare for a range of major events and reports. If you have any feedback on the items in the latest edition of the NHM Newsletter, and if you need further information on any issues dealt with, please contact NMH Communications Officer Paul Garwood on

In this issue:

Chronic diseases and health promotion

  • World on cusp of radical shift in prevention and control of NCDs
  • UN General Assembly Discussion on WHO Report on NCDs
  • MDG Summit 2010: NCDs side-event
  • WHO EURO Regional Consultation on NCDs
  • WHO EMRO Regional Consultation on NCDs
  • Annual CARMEN Policy Observatory meeting
  • Annual CARMEN Policy Observatory meeting
  • AFRO regional experts consultations on NCDs
  • WHO holds dialogue with civil, private sectors
  • Lancet series on NCDs and development published
  • WHO releases marketing of food to children recommendations
  • World Diabetes Day: Reminder of health, developmental impacts of NCDs

Tobacco Free Initiative

  • WHO announces FCTC to be theme for World No Tobacco Day 2011
  • WHO Technical Manual on Tobacco Tax Administration

Nutrition for Health and Development

  • WHO evidence informed Nutrition Guidelines development
  • World Health Assembly passes resolution on infant and child nutrition

Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability

  • Third Global Meeting of Ministry of Health Focal Points for Violence and Injury Prevention
  • WHO policy on the "Employment of Persons with Disabilities"
  • Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) the focus of Nigeria meetings
  • Preventing intimate partner and sexual violence against women
  • Strengthening care for the injured: success stories and lessons learned
  • International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Mental Health and Substance Abuse

  • WHO launches new report on mental health and development
  • mhGAP Forum held, new intervention guide launched
  • ATLAS 2010: First global report on substance use disorders launched
  • WHO national counterparts meeting on global alcohol strategy

WHO Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan

  • Global Forum on Urbanization and Health
  • Hidden cities: new report shows how poverty and ill-health are linked in urban areas