Multisectoral Policies for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in the South-East Asia Region
Report of the Regional Consultation, Bengaluru, India, 18–20 August 2014
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are currently the leading cause of preventable death and disability worldwide and in the South-East Asia Region. As the origins of NCDs lie outside the health arena, tackling NCDs requires multisectoral co-operation cutting across several sectors. To promote and catalyse national multisectoral partnerships and actions for prevention and control of NCDs, the WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia convened a Regional Consultation on Multisectoral Policies for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) during 18–20 August 2014, in Bengaluru, India. The consultation was attended by 99 participants represented by delegates from the 11 Member States of the Region; NGOs; partners including UN agencies, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and WHO staff from HQ, country offices and the regional office. The purpose of the meeting was to provide a forum to share best practices from within the Region and around the world and to discuss multisectoral policies for reducing tobacco use, promoting healthy nutrition, driving innovations in NCD prevention and care and fostering an enabling environment for reducing the burden of NCDs. This report presents the technical deliberations and recommendations of the participants of the regional meeting.