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What is the Knowledge Action Portal?

The Knowledge Action Portal (KAP) is a community-driven platform which is an interactive online platform for noncommunicable disease (NCD) interaction, information, and inspiration. It is an interactive portal which will act as a central focal point for online resources for those wishing to find the common goals to beat NCDs.  

 

With engagement built in throughout, it acts as a social network for the NCD community, where users can upload, read, share and collect NCD resources, as well as to interact, inform and inspire other users. 

Why multisectoral and multistakeholder action?

Recognizing that NCDs constitutes one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century, one that requires a multisectoral and multi-stakeholder approach, as stressed in the Moscow Declaration adopted during the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control (Moscow, 28-29 April 2011), the UN General Assembly has convened three high-level meetings on NCDs.  

The 2011 high level meeting resulted in a UN Political Declaration, in which multiple commitments were made for the prevention and management of NCDs by countries, and multilateral and donor agencies. Subsequently, WHO Member States agreed to a 25% reduction in premature NCD mortality by 2025 (25x25) and then adopted a set of risk factor and health system targets which, if met, would ensure achievement of the 25x25 mortality target.  

In addition, the 2018 high-level meeting theme was on “Scaling up multi-stakeholder and multisectoral responses for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”. Here the meeting adopted the declaration, which included a range of relevant resolutions on the need for multisectoral and multistakeholder action which can be found here

You can also find reference to the importance of multisectoral and multistakeholder action for the GCM/NCD through recent high level political and governance documents:

What makes the KAP a community driven platform?

The KAP is a community platform because it is created for and with those wishing to find the common goals to beat NCDs. It aims to amplify a range of voices from Governments, United Nations Organizations and Non-State Actors (Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions).  

The KAP showcases resources from leading NCD actors from around the world, connecting these to new audiences within and outside of the NCD space. It provides a space for engaging conversations with like-minded individuals from diverse backgrounds to connect individuals within the NCD community, while bringing new perspectives into the space.

How can you guarantee that this is a safe space?

The World Health Organization has a Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). The Framework endeavours to strengthen WHO engagement with non-State actors (Non-Governmental Organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions), while protecting its work from potential risks such as conflict of interest, reputational risks, and undue influence.  

All resources featured on the KAP are from GCM/NCD Participants and these entities have passed the FENSA screening process. 

In addition, all registered users have to agree to the community guidelines and confirm they don't have any formal association, affiliation or link, with the tobacco or arms industry, or any subsidiary of a tobacco/arms company or commercial entity involved with the manufacture, sale, or distribution of tobacco/arms or tobacco related products.

How do I create a profile?

Any individual can create a profile within the platform - given they have no links to the tobacco and firearms industry, and that the necessary safeguards are met to protect WHO’s work from potential risks such as conflict of interest, reputational risks, and/or undue influence. In addition to creating a personalized profile, registration enables users to save resources and contact other users. 

All you need to do is click on the icon on the top right of your screen, select create a new account and fill in the requested fields.

Please note that Individual registration does not enable access to individual Communities (formerly Communities of Practice, or CoP). All registered users must apply separately to join individual Communities. 

Where is my personal information going to be used?

When you request membership within the system, we will ask for information that personally identifies you. This information will include your name, location, and email address. This information will be provided to the system coordinators so they can create your account. Your personal details will be available in the contacts section of your profile.

Your email address will be used as the primary channel for KAP communicate alerts, news, discussions, new developments, and resources. At no time is communication within the system anonymous.

Why should you engage with the KAP?

To contribute to building a healthier, fairer and more sustainable future through action on NCDs. This is a really practical way to help us make sure that all actors in the global movement to address NCDs have access to the latest, best and most usable information. Information is power, but not all information is created equal. That's why we work from a principal of intelligent generosity. Share to help others, but only share what you believe is useful, has a sound evidence base, and will really help to further NCD action at all levels of society.

Who can upload resources to the KAP?

Only GCM Participants are able to suggest documents and resources to be uploaded within the KAP. Each suggested resource will be assessed based on content against established criterion and receive a score determining its suitability for upload.

What if I see data missing or relevant information I want to upload?

If you are a GCM Participant, you can contact the administrator to submit content, resources or data for consideration for a particular section. You can click on the plus button on the bottom right of your screen and select contact admin or submit information, and complete the required form. Alternatively, you can click contact us in the footer and complete the required form. 

Are all resources within the KAP endorsed by WHO?

No. The KAP serves a repository of resources from GCM Participants across sectors. Featured resources are not duplicated nor endorsed by WHO.  

What safeguards exist for the KAP to protect it from harmful industry interference?

A variety of safeguards exist within the design and functionality of the KAP. As a principal, unregistered users are unable to suggest resources for upload, comment on any aspect of the site, or submit information to any of the sections. Individuals accessing the site as an unregistered user will be restricted to read-only content which has been approved and uploaded by site administrators.

Only GCM Participants are granted access to contact the administrator with resources for consideration. To become GCM Participants, these entities have already undergone a strict due diligence and risk assessment/management process aligned with WHO policies including FENSA. The administrator decides whether the resource should be published, revised or rejected.

All registered users have to apply to join individual Communities (formerly Communities of Practice) and have to provide a COI and are assessed by the Community Facilitator. All resources shared by a Community member remain within the closed environment of that Community and are not publicly available unless decided so by WHO focal points. In addition, all comments posted within a community have to be approved by the Community moderator. Inbuilt functionalities are present that enable users to contact admin with concerns or to report any inappropriate use of the platform.

The same rule applies for comment approval and flagging applies for comments on the news and events section, research connect, and profile. 

How do I save to my library?

First, make sure you have created a profile. Only registered users can save resources to their library. Go to your library by clicking on the star icon or on your name on the top right corner of any page. Under My Collections, click on create a new collection. Name the collection. Think of this as a folder where you will be able to save all materials interesting to you on, let's say, diabetes. Whenever you find a resource on this topic you want to save, you click on the star icon attached to the resource and select the folder you want to save it in. Another option is to click on the pin icon attached to a resource first and then select the option to save it in a new board. Add a name to a new board or select an existing board and you are done.

How do I upload new resources?

Provided you have permission to do this, you will able to upload resources by pressing the plus icon at the bottom right of the screen and clicking on “Create a resource.” 

How can I join a community discussion?

First of all, you must be a registered user. Any individual can create a profile within the platform - given they have no links to the tobacco and firearms industry, and that the necessary safeguards are met to protect WHO’s work from potential risks such as conflict of interest, reputational risks, and/or undue influence. In addition to creating a personalized profile, registration enables users to save resources and contact other users. 

All you need to do is click on the icon on the top right of your screen, select create a new account and fill in the requested fields.

You must then apply separately to join individual Communities. Applicants for Communities must provide a Conflict of Interest (COI) form and are assessed by the relevant Communities facilitator. 

Please note that all resources shared by a Communities member remain within the closed environment of that Communities discussion and are not publicly available unless decided so by the relevant WHO focal points. In addition, all comments posted within Communities must be approved by the relevant Communities facilitator. There is an inbuilt flagging option for any approved discussion comments deemed to be inappropriate or raising suspicion.

I forgot my password, what can I do?

On the sign in page, under the requested fields is a link to renew your password. Click on it, enter your email address, and we will send you the new password which you can then change on your profile page. If there are any technical difficulties, and you don't receive the password on the email you entered, send us a message and we will help you to get back in.

Why is the WHO embarking on such a project?

The KAP fulfills an existing mandate of the WHO Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases to develop the following activities as a part of its 2016-2017 Work Plan:  

 

  • Disseminate knowledge and share information based on scientific evidence and/or best practices regarding the implementation of the WHO Global Action Plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases, 2013-2020 (Objective 2).
     
    • Continue to facilitate the exchange of information on noncommunicable disease-related research and its translation, identify barriers to research generation and translation, and facilitate innovation in order to enhance the knowledge base for ongoing national, regional and global action (Action 2.1).
       
    • Curate a resource library through the portal of the global coordination mechanism by the end of 2018, which will include relevant and appropriate materials that promote multisectoral and multi-stakeholder action on noncommunicable diseases (Action 2.2).

 

NCDs are now firmly embedded in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Numerous high-level events and reports on the prevention and control of NCDs have raised political awareness and stressed the importance of policy coherence and multistakeholder action to tackle NCDs as a development challenge. In addition, the United Nations Third High Level Meeting on NCDs focused on scaling up action for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases; financing for the prevention and control of NCDs; promotion of multisectoral partnerships for the prevention and control of NCDs; and political leadership and accountability. 

How can you contact KAP administrators?

You can contact the administrator within the KAP site by clicking on the ‘plus’ button if you are a registered user, by clicking on the ‘contact us’ section within the site sidebar, or through the contact link in the site footer.  

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