Noncommunicable Diseases - Act now to reverse the curve tomorrow

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Noncommunicable Diseases

How to act now to reverse the curve tomorrow?

Based on the World Health Organization (WHO) recommendations, the white paper aims at providing guidance to governments for the design of an efficient public policy to prevent and control NCDs. Countries are developing strategies and guidelines for addressing NCDs and risk factors through innovative changes to health infrastructure, new funding mechanisms, improved surveillance methods, and policy responses.

Facing NCDs is becoming a vital investment for the future. This projection is the result of two major demographic trends. First, the worldwide population is increasing; UN projections indicate that there will be approximately 2 billion more people by 2050. At the same time, the population is getting older, and the share of those aged 60 and older is expected to grow very rapidly in the coming years. Since NCDs mainly affect this age group, the incidence of these diseases can be expected to accelerate in the coming years, especially in the developing countries where the prevalence of the key risk factors is increasing due to globalization and urbanization.
 

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1. Background on Noncommunicable Diseases

  • How to define Noncommunicable Diseases?
  • What are the major NCDs risk factors?

2. Global socioeconomic burden of NCDs

  • Impact on economies
  • Impact on healthcare systems
  • Impact on households

3. How to better prevent and control noncommunicable diseases?

  • Adhere to the global framework for better coordination
  • Combine different approaches to achieve a common goal
  • Provide a national framework for efficient implementation
  • Foster collaborations across organizations and sectors
  • Define a clear governance
  • Set up efficient monitoring and evaluation processes

4. End notes
5. Main contacts

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