WHO Sets Global Monitoring Framework on Non-Communicable Diseases

WHO Sets Global Monitoring Framework on Non-Communicable Diseases

Ambassador Betty E. King, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva {Photo credit: US Mission, Geneva.}Photo credit: US Mission, Geneva.

The World Health Organization (WHO) established a global monitoring framework for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) at a Geneva meeting on November 9, 2012 --- a little over a year after the UN General Assembly adopted a political declaration on NCDs.

The chronic disease burden on low- and middle-income countries is vast: 28 million people in developing countries die annually from chronic diseases; yet, 8 million of these deaths are preventable.

The global monitoring framework transforms the policies set within the political declaration into an applicable global plan that can be utilized in countries throughout the world to reduce this burden. This framework contains nine targets and twenty-five indicators to track our progress in the reduction of the burden of NCDs.

The framework will be submitted for adoption in 2013.

Ambassador Betty King, Permanent Representative of the United States to the United Nations and Other International Organizations in Geneva, announced the great news on November 14:

“The WHO's landmark agreement on NCDs is a remarkable demonstration of political will. By establishing a global monitoring framework based on nine voluntary benchmarks, and assessments of 25 risk factors and indicators, we have taken a historic next step towards global action to prevent cancer, diabetes, heart disease and other NCDs.”

MSH commends Ambassador Betty King, WHO member states, along with civil society and industry partnerships, for their leadership on this framework for tackling NCDs.

Learn more about MSH’s work on NCDs.

Allie Bono contributed to this post.

Gloria Sangiwa, MD, is MSH’s global technical lead for chronic non-communicable diseases and the director of technical quality and innovation in MSH’s Center for Health Services. 

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