Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Tackling NCDs

"Best buys" and other recommended interventions for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

Authors:
WHO

This document provides policymakers with a list of ‘best buys’ and other recommended interventions to address noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) based on an update of Appendix 3 of the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020. A list of options is presented for each of the four key risk factors for NCDs (tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity) and for four disease areas (cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory disease).

In May 2013 the World Health Assembly endorsed WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013–2020. The global action plan has six objectives (see Figure 1) whose implementation at country level will support the attainment of the nine NCD targets by 2025, as well as facilitate the realisation of Sustainable Development Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being. Part of this plan comprises a menu of policy options and cost-effective and recommended interventions (“Appendix 3”) to assist Member States, as appropriate for their national context, in implementing measures towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Target 3.4.