Regional Consultation to develop the Strategic Action Plan and Targets for Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases in the South-East Asia Region
25 - 27 February 2013, New Delhi, India at WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia
Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of adult mortality and morbidity worldwide.
Four main diseases are generally considered to dominate: cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases. These four NCDs are caused, to a large extent, by four modifiable behavioral risk factors: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.
NCDs are top killers in South-East Asia Region, causing an estimated 7.9 million deaths annually. One third of these deaths is premature and occurs before the age of 60 years, in the economically productive age population.
The specific objectives of the meeting are to:
- develop a Regional Strategic Action Plan (2013-2020) for the prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases in the South-East Asia Region;
- discuss the role of different sectors in prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases; and
- develop a regional monitoring framework, indicators and targets for prevention and control of Noncommunicable diseases taking into account the global voluntary targets
The Regional Meeting will be attended by over 100 high-level stakeholders from health and non-health sectors from the South-East Asia Region. These would include high-level government officials from Member States as well as representatives from civil society, research and academic institutes, WHO collaborating centres, multilateral and inter-governmental organizations, foundations and donor countries.