Thematic guide: Noncommunicable diseases
Raising the priority given to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in health and development has been a key priority for WHO since the development of the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of NCDs (2000) and the endorsement of its Action Plan by the World Health Assembly in 2008. Our thematic guide to internet resources leads you beyond the limits of the Medicus Mundi International Network. Any important resources missing? Please let us know. For MMI Network resources, please also refer to our "Control major diseases" main page.
- WHO: Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster (NMH)
"The mission of the Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Cluster (NMH) is to provide leadership and the evidence base for international action on surveillance, prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, mental health disorders, malnutrition, violence and injuries, and disabilities. Working jointly with Regional and Country Offices, the NMH Cluster supports Member States in promotiong health and in preventing premature death and disability from these conditions by addressing their risk factors and determinants and improving health care and rehabilitation services."
WHO: NCD topics and websites
WHO/UN: Coordination mechanisms
- WHO Global coordination mechanism for NCDs
"The WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of NCDs envisages to facilitate and enhance coordination of activities, multistakeholder engagement and action across sectors in order to contribute to the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020."
- UN Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases
"The United Nations Interagency Task Force on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, which the Secretary-General established in June 2013 and placed under the leadership of WHO, is coordinating the activities of the relevant UN organizations and other inter-governmental organizations to support the realization of the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the 2011 Political Declaration on NCDs, in particular through the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013–2020. The Task Force’s terms of reference were adopted by ECOSOC in July 2014."
2013 WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs
"WHO developed a global monitoring framework to enable global tracking of progress in preventing and controlling major noncommunicable diseases - cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes - and their key risk factors."
- 2011 UN General Assembly high-level meeting
> Documentation with Political Declaration on NCDs
Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014
- Scaling up action against NCDs: How much will it cost?
Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010
- NCD Alliance
"The NCD Alliance was founded by four international NGO federations representing the four main NCDs – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease. Together with other major international NGO partners, the NCD Alliance unites a network of over 2,000 civil society organizations in more than 170 countries. The mission of the NCD Alliance is to combat the NCD epidemic by putting health at the centre of all policies."
The NCD Alliance Common Interest Group (CIG)
"The CIG has been established to create a powerful network group of like minded civil society organizations who wish to work together to achieve the NCD Alliance six key objectives:
1. NCD / disease national plans for all
2. Improved lifestyles
3. Strengthened health systems
4. Global access to affordable and good quality medicines
5. A tobacco free world
6. Human rights for people with NCDs"
- Movement for Global Mental Health
"A network of individuals and organisations that aim to improve services for people living with mental health problems and psychosocial disabilities worldwide."
- Conflict of Interest Coalition / Network
"The Conflict of Interest Coalition/Network was founded in June 2011 with a specific objective to help safeguard the United Nation’s integrity and independence and to ensure its ability to protect health and public health policy setting from commercial influence when dealing with policies related to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
- 2014, ICN2 Nutrition negotiations in Rome:
Disappointing outcomes of negotiations
Statement prepared by the CSO delegation to Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) of the International Conference on Nutrition (ICN2). The CSO delegation is the expression of a large platform of approximately 150 civil society organizations that have been engaged in the preparatory process of ICN2.
- Statement: http://www.phmovement.org/en/node/9626
- 2014, UN General Assembly:
Call for reaffirmation of the 2011 Political Declaration
and effective safeguards against conflicts of interest
- 2014, World Health Assembly:
WHO framework of WHO engagement with non-State actors
See our thematic guide on the WHO reform
- 2014, World Health Assembly:
Prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the face of free trade and market deregulation: How to preserve policy space for public health?
A civil society side event
- 2011, UN High Level Meeting:
Statement of concern on lack of clarity on role of industry
Statement signed by over 100 NGOs and delivered to the President of the UN General Assembly
- Statement: http://info.babymilkaction.org
- Press release: http://info.babymilkaction.org/pressrelease
- Letter published in The Lancet: www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet
As this thematic guide has been re-established only recently:
Let us know what key civil society statements are missing!
"Must reads" (proposed by Wemos)
“A new generation of trade policy: potential risks to diet-related health from the trans pacific partnership agreement”; Friel et al. Globalization and Health 2013, 9:46. http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/content/9/1/46
“International investment agreements and public health: neutralizing a threat through treaty drafting”; Bryan Mercurio. Bull World Health Organization 2014;92:520-525. http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.130955
“Protecting policy space for public health nutrition in an era of international investment agreements”; Anne Marie Thow & Benn McGrady, Bull. World Health Organization 2014;92:139-145. http://dx.doi.org/10.2471/BLT.13.120543
“Will the next generation of preferential trade and investment agreements undermine prevention of noncommunicable diseases? A prospective policy analysis of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement”. Health Policy (2014), http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.healthpol.2014.08.002
“Policy space for health and trade and investment agreements”. Meri Koivasulo. Health Promotion International, Vol.29 No. S1, http://heapro.oxfordjournals.org/content/29/suppl_1/i29.full.pdf+html
- WHO tobacco treaty
makes significant progress despite mounting pressure from tobacco industry
- Improving global
access to medicines for non-communicable diseases. David Beran et al.
- Universal Health Coverage, Non-Communicable
Diseases: A Mutually Reinforing Agenda
- Global Mental Health: A Global Collaboration
or Western Imperialism?
- Living a healthy life with schizophrenia.
World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2014
- FAO/WHO Second International Conference on
- „Disappointing outcomes“. CSO Statement to
open ended working group of International Conference on Nutrition
- Tackling the root causes of malnutrition, the needed step to secure the right to adequate food for all. CSO on ICN2 process http://bit.ly/1omtDLm
- A new UN body to combat global malnutrition? Elena L. Pasquini
- 10 Years of Right to Food Guidelines: Gains,
Concerns, Struggles. FIAN Right to Food and Nutrition Watch 2014
- Why the NCD response
needs universal health coverage. Chelsey R. Canavan and Jonathan Jay
- Towards the world we want. NCD control and post2015
development goals. Oleg Chestnov et
- Africa’s new crisis. Obesity is growing faster
globally than any other cause of disease. Ian Birrell
- Reducing the global prevalence of overweight and
obesity. Comment by Klim McPherson
- Global, regional and national prevalence of
overweight and obesity in children and adults, 1980–2013. Marie Ng et al.
- First WHO report on suicide prevention. WHO calls
for coordinated action to reduce suicides worldwide
- Time to act for a mental health target in United
Nations Sustainable Development Goals
- Primary Health
Care: a strategic framework for the prevention and control of chronic NCDs. Sandro Demaio et
inequity in public health care service utilization for #NDCs in urban Vietnam. Vu Duy Kien et al.
- Goals and
organisational structure of the movement for global mental health. Harry Minas
- NCD Countdown 2025: accountability for the 25 × 25 NCD mortality
reduction target. Robert Beaglehole
- Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014
- Going global with mental health. Interview with Vikram Patel
- Tackling the
global NCD crisis: Where are we 3 years on? Katie Dain
- Trade as a
structural driver of dietary risk factors for NCDs in the Pacific
- Zero draft of proposal
for a global convention to promote and protect healthy diets
- NCDs as global
policy concern: WHO approves Work Plan to tackle scourge
diets greater threat to health than tobacco; UN expert calls for global
one-third of the world’s population is obese or overweight. IHME UW report.
- Social determinants of mental health report
- On World No Tobacco Day, EPHA releases its
'Briefing on on-line marketing of tobacco products':
- Wemos on the WHO public consultation of draft Sugar
Guidelines: intake for adults and children:
- Mental health and wellbeing in children and
adolescents. Lancet editorial
- WHO opens public consultation on draft sugars
- How's hearing care in your country? WHO
- Hitting the target: a new framework for
mental health trials. Lancet editorial
- Global elderly care in
crisis. Lancet editorial
- Language, culture and task
shifting – an emerging challenge for global mental health. Swartz et al.
- 2nd International
Conference on Nutrition will focus on how to address major nutrition challenges
over coming decades
- Big Food lobbying: tip of
the iceberg exposed. Gary Sacks on commercial determinants of health
- Our new paper in Lancet
Global Health poses some questions about WHO's 25x25 strategy on NCDs. Martin
- NCDs: time for fewer proposals
and more action. Robert Beaglehole
- Palliative care: a peaceful,
humane global campaign is needed. The Lancet editorial
- Cancer survival: global
surveillance will stimulate health policy and improve equity. Michel P Coleman
- World Cancer Report 2014:
"Access to effective and affordable cancer treatments in developing
- Prevention and control of NCDs.
Report by the WHO DG to the UNGA, December 2013: "unsufficient and uneven
- NCD among the bottom billion. Time to think
differently? Richard Smith
- Origins, development, effects, future of WHO
Framework Convention on Tobacco Control: A personal perspective. D Yach
- Draft WHO global disability action plan
2014–2021: Better health for all people with disabilities
- Who's afraid of NCDs? Mariska Meurs
- Mental health information at your fingertips – WHO launches the
MiNDbank. Note for media
- WHO MiNDbank: Resources on mental health, substance abuse, disability,
general health, human rights and development
- Wemos calls for a balanced approach to malnutrition that also tackles
the causes of unequal access to healthy nutrition
- Addressing the Social Determinants of Noncommunicable Diseases. UNDP
UNDP Discussion paper
- WHO Europe Ministerial Conference on the prevention and control of NCDs
in the context of Health2020
- Accelerate national action on NCDs: Ashgabat Declaration
- Informal note on outcomes of the meetings
of WHO Member States on NCD related assignments
- Global coordination mechanism for the
prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: WHO Website
- Mental health and older adults. Theme of World Mental Health Day, 10
- Partnerships of Peril: Keeping Food, Alcohol and Beverage Industries Out
of Global Health Governance
- WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of
Non-communicable Diseases 2013-20 adopted in May 2013
- WHO Global Action Plan: A milestone in the response to non-communicable
diseases. Oleg Chestnov et al.
- Set of indicators for the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. WHO
online consultation, Aug-Oct 2013
- How trade agreements affect health: Trade Agreements and
Non-communicable Diseases in the Pacific Islands
- "The Global Challenges of Noncommunicable Diseases" - New
- Salt, sugar, fat: addictive stuff. Remco van de Pas on a WHO nutrition
and NCDs conference
- NCDs: Global health priority or market opportunity? WHO at its worst and
at its best. Alison Katz (no free access)
- The politics of reducing malnutrition: building commitment and
accelerating Progress. Stuart Gillespie et al.
- Building back better: Sustainable mental health care after emergencies.
- What evidence do we need to design better mental health interventions in conflict
challenges in global mental health: conclusion of a 5-part series in PLOS
NCDs: is it really a global coalition? RM Carrillo-Larco et al.
- and authors' reply: http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(13)61243-X/fulltext
- Lancet editorial and series on tobacco
- Draft comprehensive mental health action
plan 2013–2020. Report by WHO secretariat, 66th World Health Assembly
- Grand challenges in global mental
health: Integration in research, policy, and practice. Pamela Y.
Collins et al.
cancer divide between rich, poor nations. Interview with Felicia Knaul
- Measuring progress on diet-related NCDs: the need
to address the causes of the causes. Sharon
Friel et al.
- Consultations on the development of a WHO global
action plan for the prevention and control of NCDs 2013-2020
- IBFAN response to the WHO NCD Global Action plan
- WHO Consultation: Draft global action plan for prevention and control of
NCDs covering the period 2013 to 2020
- Profits & pandemics: Harmful effects of tobacco, alcohol,
ultra-processed food & drink industries. Moodie et al.
- Managing chronic diseases: Primary Health Care, now more than ever. Bart Criel
- A human right to
health approach for non-communicable diseases. Pol De Vos et al.,
PHM letter to The Lancet
Diseases. Lancet series, February 2013
http://www.thelancet.com/series/non-communicable-diseases, with contributions such as:
responsiveness of health systems to non-communicable diseases. Rifat
Atun et al.
- Independent global
accountability for NCDs. Robert Beaglehole, Ruth Bonita, Richard Horton
- Report by
industry-backed group of experts proposes solutions to address NCDs. Tiphaine Nunzia
- Tackling NCD in
low- and middle-income countries: Is evidence from high-income countries all we
need? Ebrahim et al.
- Draft action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable
diseases 2013-2020. WHO secretariat for 132nd EB session
- Political priority in the global fight against non-communicable
diseases. Anthony Maher and Devi Sridhar
- No physical health without mental health: lessons unlearned? Kavitha
Kolappa et al. in: WHO Bulletin
- Addressing global disparities in the burden of noncommunicable diseases:
Call for Papers by PLOS Medicine Editors
- Global Mental Health – a growing crisis. Danielle Parsons, Lorea Russell
and Alanna Shaikh
- Conflict of interest: A tenacious
ethical dilemma in public health policy. Leslie London et al.
- The Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN)
initiative: IBFAN’s concern about the role of businesses - discussion paper
- Prevention and control of NCDs: guidelines for primary health care in
low-resource settings. WHO 2012
- The draft global monitoring framework on noncommunicable diseases.
- New international protocol adopted to combat illicit trade in tobacco
products. WHO news release
- Food, beverage industry pays for seat at health-policy table. Duff Wilson
and Adam Kerlin. Reuters special report
- Private sector serious about tackling NCDs despite concerns of civil
society. Derek Yach, formerly WHO, now PepsiCo
- Global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable
diseases 2013-2020. WHO zero draft, Oct 2012
- Measuring progress on NCDs: one goal and five targets. Robert Beaglehole et al.
- Noncommunicable diseases: the slow-motion disaster. WHO DG Margaret Chan
at Women’s International Forum, New York
non-communicable diseases must be part of any new development goals. Johanna
Ralston and Ann Keeling
- The pandemic of physical inactivity: global
action for public health. Harold W Kohl
- Priorities for developing countries in the
global response to non-communicable diseases. Dermot Maher et al.
- WHO QualityRights Project and Tool Kit: Tools to help stop abuse of people with mental health conditions http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2012/mental_health_20120615/en/index.html
- Primary care management of noncommunicable diseases in
low- and middle-income countries. John Walley et al.
- Priorities for developing countries in the global
response to non-communicable diseases. Dermot Maher et al.
- Putting evidence into practice. PLoS Medicine series
on global mental health practice and call for case studies
- Debate (1): The case for a global coordinating platform for NCDs. NCD Alliance discussion paper http://ncdalliance.org/sites/default/files/rfiles/Discussion%20Paper%20The%20Case%20for%20a%20Global%20Coordinating%20Platform.pdf
- Debate (1): Concerns about the NCD Alliance proposal
for a Global Platform on NCDs. Patti Rundall
- Debate (2): Tackling NCDs: a different approach is needed. Jan De Maeseneer et al. http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961135-5/fulltext
- Debate (2): Tackling NCDs: a different approach is
needed. Robert Beaglehole and Ruth Bonita,Lancet NCD Action Group
- World Health Statistics are out for 2012! They have a
new focus on noncommunicable diseases.
- A new resolution for global mental health. Rebecca S Hock et al.
- The economic impact of non-communicable
diseases on households in India. Michael M Engelgau et al.
- Five ways to tackle disastrous diets. UN
Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Olivier De Schutter
- WHO consultation until 9 April: Multisectoral
action for prevention and control of NCDs through effective partnership
- Recommendations to the UN Secretary-General
for effective partnerships. A NCD Alliance
- ceterum censeo: Remind the statement of
concern on role of private sector in public policy-making
- Silent killer, economic opportunity:
Rethinking non-communicable disease. Sudeep Chand
- Ethical tensions in dealing with
noncommunicable diseases globally. S. Venkatapuram et al., WHO Bulletin online
- A UN General Assembly Special Session for mental, neurological and substance use disorders: The time has come. Judith K. Bass et al. http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001159
- Addiction - a global problem with no global solution. Lancet editorial and series http://bit.ly/yDIap6
- WHO Executive Board resolution: mental disorders http://bit.ly/z9vVGm
- UN agencies commit to joint action – a potential game changer for NCDs? Greg Paton http://blog4globalhealth.wordpress.com/2012/01/12/un-agencies-commit-to-joint-action-a-potential-game-changer-for-ncds/
- Noncommunicable diseases and post-conflict countries. Bayard Roberts et al. in: WHO Bulletin http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/90/1/11-098863/en/index.html
- WHO Executive Board resolution on noncommunicable diseases http://bit.ly/xsvVXB
- A New Global Health Agenda
Edward E. Partridge et al., 4 October 2011
- Big tobacco, the food & beverage industry are not civil society
Gregg Gonsalves, 27 September 2011
- Reflections on the UN High-Level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases
J. Stephen Morrison, 26 September 2011
- UN NCD Summit: Empty words don't save lives
"Erika' blog" on imaxi, 12 September 2011
- NCDs: Public health policy at the mercy of corporate greed
Boyd Swinburn in: National Times (Australia), September 2011
- Informing the 2011 UN session on noncommunicable diseases: Applying lessons from the AIDS response
Peter Lamptey et al. in: PLoS Medicine, September 2011
- Tackling NCDs: a different approach is needed
"Describing the rising prevalence of NCDs as a crisis makes for good drama, but misleads us into thinking that this problem is amenable to a quick fix. (...) Much has been learned from vertical disease-oriented programmes. Evidence suggests however that better outcomes occur by addressing diseases through an integrated approach in a strong primary care system." Jan De Maeseneer et al. in: The Lancet, September 2011
http://www.thelancet.com - payment or subscription required
- Non-Communicable Diseases: Will industry influence derail UN summit?
Deborah Cohen in: BMJ, August 2011
- UN high level meeting on non-communicable diseases: an opportunity for whom? David Stuckler et al. in: BMJ, August 2011
www.bmj.com or PDF on www.wphna.org/downloadssept2011
- Framing international trade and chronic disease
R Labonte et al. in: Globalization and Health, July 2011
- Expectations for the United Nations high-level meeting on noncommunicable diseases
Devi Sridhar et al in: WHO Bulletin, July 2011
- Bringing African priorities to global action on NCDs
Rene Loewenson in: Health Diplomacy Monitor, June 2011, P. 15-18 (pdf)
- UN High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases: addressing four questions
Robert Beaglehole et al. in: Lancet (2011)
http://bit.ly/lXnNGg - see also: http://bit.ly/i2tFih
- Rethinking health-care systems: a focus on chronicity
Pascale Allotey et al. in: The Lancet (2011)
the politics right for the September 2011 UN High-level Meeting on Noncommunicable Diseases
Devi Sridhar et al., SCIS report (2011, pdf)
- Raising the priority of preventing chronic diseases: A political process
Robert Geneau et al. in: The Lancet (2010)
- The hope and the promise of the UN Resolution on non-communicable diseases
George Alleyne, David Stuckler, Ala Alwan in: Globalization & Health (2010, PDF)
- Health transition in Africa: practical policy proposals for primary care
D Maher et al. in: Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2010)
- Where have all the donors gone? Scarce donor funding for non-communicable diseases
Rachel Nugent and Andrea B. Feigl, CGDev Working Paper 228 (2010)
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