Noncommunicable diseases


Approaches to establishing country-level, multisectoral coordination mechanisms for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases

WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia

Publication details

Number of pages: 22
Publication date: 2 November 2015
Languages: English



The determinants and implications of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are spread across diverse sectors within and outside the government. This calls for Member States to set up multisectoral coordination mechanisms that offer a synergistic response to these diseases and their risk factors. An analysis of experiences of countries of the WHO South-East Asia Region in addressing various health and similar challenges brings to the fore five key elements that are integral to an effective multisectoral coordination mechanism for NCDs, and five strategies to enhance the engagement of relevant sectors in such a coordination mechanism. The 5x5 approach presented in this document can guide governments in their efforts to set up effective coordination mechanisms for NCDs at the national and subnational levels.