Initiated by recommendations from a WHO Working Group on non-communicable diseases targets back in July 2011, and after a series of open consultations, WHO Member States agreed, on 9 November 2012, on a global monitoring framework to combat non-communicable diseases, estimated at causing 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the WHO European Region. The framework consists of a set of 9 global targets to be achieved by 2025, accompanied by 25 measurement indicators. The targets are as follows:

- a 25% reduction in overall premature mortality from non-communicable diseases,

- a 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol,

- a 10% reduction in current figures associated with insufficient physical activity,

- less growth in the incidence rate of those withraised blood glucose/diabetes and obesity,

- a 25% reduction in raised blood pressure prevalence,

- a 30% reduction in the population intake of salt/sodium,

- a 30% reduction in tobacco use,

- at least a 50% coverage of drug therapy to prevent heart attacks and strokes

- essential non-communicable diseases medicines and basic technologies to treat major NCDs to be made available and affordable.

What’s next:
- January 2013: The global monitoring framework will be considered by the WHO Executive Board
- May 2013: the World Health Assembly shall consider and adopt the document.

For further information:

- WHO press release - "WHO Member States make progress on non-communicable diseases"

EPHA related articles:

- EPHA’s contributions to chronic diseases consultations

- 65th World Health Assembly adopts 21 resolutions

- WHO Framework implementing its recommendations on the marketing of foods and non-alcoholic to children

- WHO releases the World health statistics 2012 report

- "Living longer, better" - European Conference on Chronic Diseases - 11 May 2012.

Last modified on December 2 2012.