Noncommunicable diseases

Regional Consultation on Multisectoral Policies for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) in the South-East Asia Region Bengaluru, India, 18-20 August 2014

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, CDC and WHO staff from HQ, country offices and the regional office. The meeting provided a forum to share best practices from within the Region and around the world and to discuss multisectoral policies for reducing tobacco use, promoting nutrition, driving innovations in NCD prevention and care and fostering an enabling environment for reducing the burden of NCDs.

The participants reaffirmed that the high and rising health and economic burden of NCDs in the Region warrants a strong and comprehensive response from Member States and development partners. Acknowledging the ongoing national initiatives to fight NCDs, participants of the meeting emphasized the need to build on current successes and to further intensify efforts to achieve the agreed global and regional voluntary targets for NCD prevention and control. The participants reiterated that prevention must be the cornerstone of the response to NCDs and agreed that the biggest gains would come from wide-scale implementation of evidence-based multisectoral policies and interventions through a whole-of government and whole-of-society collaboration. The participants underscored the need for a strong political will at all levels and sustained financial support for realizing the vision of a South-East Asia Region free of the avoidable burden of NCDs.

The participants formulated specific recommendations for reducing tobacco use, promoting nutrition, driving innovations in NCD prevention and fostering an enabling environment for reducing the NCD burden and made the following overarching recommendations for the Member States and WHO for reducing premature mortality from NCDs.

Recommendations for Member States:

Recommendations for WHO and Development Partners:

Documents

Day 1 - Monday, 18 August 2014

Day 2 - Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Day 3 - Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Meeting Report

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