WHO Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Global Meeting Concluded
WHO Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Global Meeting Concluded12/12/2019
The four-day World Health Organization (WHO) Global Meeting on Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health, organized by the WHO with the support from the Ministry of Health and the Gulf Health Council, concluded today (Thursday) at the Kempinski Hotel.
The Meeting is the first Global Meeting on NCDs since the 2018 UN High-Level Declaration on Non-communicable diseases and the 2019 UN High-Level Declaration on Universal Health Care. This timely meeting will provide a progressive platform to empower diverse global health stakeholders and facilitate multi-stakeholder action and scale up national action on NCD, whilst linking to the Agenda for Sustainable Development target to reduce premature death from these conditions by one third by 2030, and promote mental health.
Oman was selected to host this global event for its successful collaboration with WHO on addressing NCD milestones, providing a showcase to empower diverse global health stakeholders and thereby accelerate the implementation of national responses to NCDs and mental health conditions.
The event that gathered representatives from over 150 Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) across the globe from public health and other sectors, UN agencies, civil society, private sector, philanthropies, and academia with the aim to accelerate the implementation of national responses to address NCDs and mental health conditions with a view to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third and scale up interventions to reach SDG target 3.4 by 2030 by catalyzing action through partnerships and capacity building.
The overarching goal of the Global Meeting is to accelerate the implementation of national responses to address NCDs and mental health conditions with a view to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third and scale up interventions to reach SDG target 3.4 by 2030.
the Global Meeting strengthened the capacity of national NCD Directors and Managers in order to implement a set of priority interventions that would put their countries on a sustainable path to attain SDG target 3.4 on NCDs and mental health by 2030, fulfil the commitments made by Heads of State and Government in the Political Declarations of the UN General Assembly adopted in 2011, 2014 and 2018, in addition to contributing to the “triple billion” targets for WHO’s NCD-related actions set out in the 13th Global Programme of Work.
Throughout its four-days, a series of exciting and interactive plenary and panel discussions were conducted while numerous new initiatives to prevent and control NCDs were launched.
Prioritizing action to ensure that more people benefit from UHC (building on the outcomes of the High-level Meeting on UHC, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), WHO global initiative to reduce childhood cancer, WHO global initiative to eliminate cervical cancer, and WHO global mental health initiative were among the plenary and workshops held on the first day.
On Tuesday, several major events were held at the Kempinski Hotel including High-Level Meeting that contained High-Level Addresses. Furthermore, the second report from the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs was launched.
Plenary sessions on Wednesday were on the collaborative governance for NCDs: Multisectoral and multistakeholder action to accelerate regional and country-level responses, evidence-informed policies and practice: The launch of the Special BMJ NCD Edition on mobilizing society to implement solutions for NCD prevention and control.
Last day workshops addressed nutritional focal points in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, in addition to NCDs and Mental Health Regional Meetings, side events and site visits.
The NCDs – primarily cardiovascular and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – kill more people than any other cause, equivalent to 70% of all deaths globally, including 15 million people prematurely aged between 30 - 70 (nearly half of which occur in low- and lower-income countries). However, many premature NCD deaths can be avoided when action is taken to reduce exposure to the main risks causing them (tobacco, unhealthy diets, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity) and promote effective treatment, including through universal health coverage.