Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Worldwide, 81% of school-aged children are not active enough

A young girl breaks a red ribbon as she wins a run race in India
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1 February 2017 -- A lack of physical activity is a significant risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as stroke, diabetes, and cancer. Less and less physical activity is occurring in many countries. Regular physical activity helps to maintain a healthy body. Some physical activity is better than none. WHO's Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020, calls for a 10% reduction in physical inactivity by 2025..

NCDs and sustainable development event at Prince Mahidol Award Conference

Panellists and participants of a side-event at the prestigious invitation-only Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand on 29 January to 3 February 2017.
WHO/E Robertson

29 January to 3 February 2017 – The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism for the prevention and control of NCDs (GCM/NCD) held a side-event at the prestigious invitation-only Prince Mahidol Award Conference in Bangkok, Thailand. The event, entitled “NCDs and Sustainable Development: The Way Forward,” examined the complex global health landscape and the place of NCDs within the universal health coverage and Sustainable Development Goals frameworks. The session highlighted the importance of tracking resources and aligning international development assistance with national health strategies and NCD plans. Possible challenges and solutions were identified for increased international cooperation and policy coherence at global, regional and national levels to address NCDs.

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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.


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