Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death globally and in the South East Asia region. Nepal, like other countries in the region is facing an escalating burden of NCDs. The proportion of deaths attributable to NCDs has increased from 51% in 2010 to 60% in 2012.
The focus of the WHO County Office for Nepal is on the four strategic policy priorities:
1. Leadership, Advocacy, Partnership to accelerate and scale up national multisectoral response and address the underlying social determinants of health.
2. Health promotion and risk reduction coupled with legislative, fiscal measures and setting based approaches beyond the health system, with focus on major risk factors.
3. Health system strengthening for early detection and management of NCDs and its risk factors through integration in the health system.
4. Surveillance, monitoring and evaluation and research for evidence based policy directions to minimize NCD related morbidity and mortality.