Noncommunicable diseases

Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs (2014-2020)

The Western Pacific Regional Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (2014–2020) was developed in response to a resolution adopted at the sixty-second session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific. The regional plan is fully harmonized with the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (2013–2020) while adding the value of actions that build on regional achievements, contexts, opportunities and perspective.

The regional action plan recognizes that many of the most effective actions necessary to tackle the NCD burden lie outside the health sector. Policies in sectors responsible for education, trade, food, alcohol and urban development need to be as much part of action on NCDs as the responses from the health sector. A health-in-all-policies approach will increasingly play an important role in rendering visibility to the need for dialogue and consensus on the impact of policies on health in general and the NCD epidemic in particular.

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