WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs

New Commission urges world leaders to step up fight on chronic diseases to save 15 million lives

1 JUNE 2018 - Despite the many proven interventions and commitments to combat NCDs, progress has been slow and uneven globally. The WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs was convened by the WHO Director-General in October 2017 to advise him on how countries can accelerate progress. The Commission’s report includes six key recommendations.

Marilyn, manager of the Jamaica Cancer Society branch in St Marys, says goodbye to her friend after spending the day providing cancer screening services to women in her community.

Synergies for beating NCDs and promoting mental health and well-being

20 MARCH 2018 - It is well known that the lives of hundreds of millions of people globally are affected by the four noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) – cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancer and diabetes. A reminder may be timely, however, that as many people are affected by mental and neurological disorders (MNDs) – including depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and dementia.

This is why promoting mental health and well-being is a key part of WHO’s efforts to accelerate the work being done to prevent and control NCDs as it prepares for the Third United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs in 2018.

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Honourable Saia Piukala, Tonga Minister for Health.

Pacific leadership in new WHO global commission on noncommunicable diseases

13 MARCH 2018 - Tongan Minister of Health and Public Enterprises, Dr Saia Ma’u Piukala, has been appointed to the Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases, who will help raise awareness of the issues and experiences of NCDs in the Pacific.

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A man leads an aerobic session to kick-start a NCD awareness and screening campaign in Kampala, Uganda 2015.

WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs starts its work

2 MARCH 2018 - The Commissioners of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) met for the first time to agree on its areas of work. They plan to provide a set of recommendations to WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in early June 2018. This will be preceded by a web-based consultation in April 2018, when the Commission will seek inputs to a preliminary report from around the world.

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Together let's beat NCDs: Achieving global targets to #beatNCDs will save 37 million lives in the next ten years.

World leaders join new drive to beat noncommunicable diseases

1 MARCH 2018 - Seven in 10 deaths globally every year are from NCDs, the main contributors to which are tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity.

WHO is announcing today a new high-level commission, comprised of heads of state and ministers, leaders in health and development and entrepreneurs. The group will propose bold and innovative solutions to accelerate prevention and control of the leading killers on the planet – noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart and lung disease, cancers, and diabetes.

Dr Sania Nishtar, the President of Uruguay Dr Tabaré Vázquez, and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros during the WHO Global Conference on Noncommunicable diseases in 2017.

WHO Independent NCDs Commission launches with mission and priorities for action

2 FEBRUARY 2018 - Experts and advocates in promoting health and preventing and controlling noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) have been mobilized to support the running of the WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs.

The Commission is chaired by leading political figures including the President of Uruguay, Dr Tabaré Vázquez. Dr Sania Nishtar, as the Commission chair leading on the technical development of a set of recommendations and measures for action, says stronger political commitment and increased investment is essential for preventing and controlling the main NCDs, namely cardiovascular and chronic lung diseases, cancers and diabetes.

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The Commission was established by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros in October 2017 and will run for 2 years. Read about its purpose and members.

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The first phase of work of the Commission runs until the 3rd UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs.

Preparing for the 3rd UN General Assembly High-level Meeting on NCDs

Learn why 2018 is an important year in the global fight against NCDs and promotion of mental health and wellbeing.