Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Objective 4 of the Global NCD action plan

Objective 4 - To strengthen and orient health systems to address the prevention and control of NCDs and the underlying social determinants through people-centred primary health care and universal health coverage

A strengthened health system should aim to improve prevention, early detection, treatment and sustained management of people with or at high risk for cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes and other NCDs. This will prevent complications, reduce the need for hospitalization and costly high-technology interventions and premature deaths. Health systems also need to collaborate with other sectors and work in partnership to ensure social determinants are considered in service planning and provision within communities.