Health Literacy

WHPA Health Improvement Card


Improving global health through positive changes in behaviour and lifestyle, to reduce the 36 million death burden from non-communicable diseases.

Published by: International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic 2019


The report "Offering help to quit tobacco use" tracks the status of the tobacco epidemic and interventions to combat it. The report finds that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to no smoking areas. About 5 billion people – 65% of the world’s population – are covered by at least one comprehensive tobacco control measure, which has more than quadrupled since 2007 when only 1 billion people and 15% of the world’s population were covered.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Training course on ethics in implementation research


TDR and WHO's Global Health Ethics team have jointly developed a training course for researchers and research ethics committees on the important ethical considerations in implementation research (IR). The course comprises six interactive modules interspersed with activities including case studies, role-play and quizzes:

Module 1: Introduction to IR Module 2: Ethical considerations in IR
Module 3: Ethical issues in planning IR
Module 4: Ethical issues in conducting IR
Module 5: Ethical issues post-IR
Module 6: In-depth ethical analysis of IR using case studies

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

HEARTS Technical Package


The HEARTS technical package provides a strategic approach to improving cardiovascular health in countries. It comprises six modules and an implementation guide. This package supports Ministries of Health to strengthen CVD management in primary health care settings. The practical, step-by step modules are supported by an overarching technical document that provides a rationale and framework for this integrated approach to the management of NCDs.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Global Hearts Initiative

Fact sheet

To support governments in strengthening the prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), in 2016 WHO and the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US CDC) launched the Global Hearts Initiative.

The Initiative comprises five technical packages which provide a set of high-impact, evidence-based interventions that, when used together, will have a major impact on improving global heart health.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Solutions for non-communicable disease prevention and control


Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) constitute a major global health challenge, hampering nations’ economic growth and sustainable development. The four major groups of NCDs - cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes - account for over 80% of all NCD related deaths and share the same four major risk factors: tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity. Recently, mental health and environmental determinants were also added to the NCD agenda. This new collection issue brings together a wide and diverse author group, to focus on key issues and suggest scalable solutions to accelerate the implementation of the high level commitments made in the three UN general assembly meetings. As this collection expands over time, it looks to cover the major issues in prevention and control of NCDs, and to provide a holistic perspective on the current challenges and scope of future action to tackle NCDs and improve health worldwide.

Published by: World Health Organization (WHO)

Respiratory diseases in the world

This document outlines practical approaches to combat threats to respiratory health and proven strategies to significantly improve the care provided for individuals afflicted with respiratory diseases worldwide.

Published by: Forum of International Respiratory Societies

Global Framework for Capacity Building for Non-Communicable Disease Advocacy in Low and Middle-Income Countries


This document is a summary of two pilot NCD advocacy courses, one in Thailand and one in Colombia. A Global Advisory Group engaged a Local Organizing Committee in each country to ensure the courses would meet the needs of the local stakeholders. While both courses contained a set of key competencies and helped participants develop joint strategies for moving forward with consensus advocacy targets, the courses differed in content and participant background depending on the local context

Published by: International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Beating NCDs equitibly - Ten system requirements for health promotion and the primary prevention of NCDs

In this paper the International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) proposes that it is lack of investment in the necessary health promotion and primary prevention systems that best explains the lack of progress globally on NCDs. Here the IUHPE articulates its position regarding ten system requirements for strengthening health promotion as a primary mechanism for meeting the WHO Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD) Targets and related UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Published by: International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Inspiring Youth, Growing Change: Nurturing strong minds for a healthy community


The goal of this report is to document changes resulting from local projects from the youth in the project to the built environment. It also seeks to capture an understanding of themes that can inform future health promotion and youth development work.

Published by: Public Health Institute (PHI)

Building Global Capacity for Non-communication Diseases Prevention

Policy brief

Policy brief on building global capacity NCD prevention in LMICs. Highlights key focus issues and defines priority actions outlined by the DELPHI Study. 

Published by: International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

Advocating for Health Promotion Approached to Noncommunicable Diseases Prevention

This brief ‘key messages’ paper aims to better enable IUHPE Officers, Board Members, Regional Committee Members and Members to advocate for health promotion approaches to NCD prevention in a unified way – and importantly to enable the Organization to speak with an authoritative, consistent and unified voice in multiple forums and in all regions on the subject of NCD Prevention.

Published by: International Union of Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE)

World Thrombosis Day Infographic - Atrial Fibrillation

Fact sheet

Atrial fibrillation (AFib) is a common type of arrhythmia, or irregular heartbeat. Because the heart beats and contracts irregularly, blood flow may slow or pool and cause the formation of a clot.

A blood clot that forms as a result of AFib is an example of arterial thromboembolism. If that clot breaks free, it can lodge in an artery, travel to the brain and result in a stroke.

Download this infographic for an overview of AFib.

Published by: International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH)

Tobacco and Human Rights Resource Hub


When people think of tobacco, they often think of it as a public health problem, but it is a human rights problem as well. The marketing and sale of tobacco violate the right to health and life of people all around the world.

ASH has been working to convince both the tobacco control community and the human rights community that it is time to address tobacco through a human rights based approach. The resources found in this database are designed to help advocates achieve that goal. This hub is meant as a living resource and will be frequently updated with new information.

Published by: Action on Smoking and Health (ASH)

Oral Health Atlas 2nd Edition (2015): The Challenge of Oral Disease – A call for global action


The second edition of the Oral Health Atlas highlights the extent of oral diseases worldwide and reflects on policies and strategies addressing the global burden. It presents a summary of key oral health issues, including: the impact and burden of oral diseases, such as tooth decay, periodontal disease, oral cancer and more; major risk factors and the common risk factor approach; inequalities in oral health; oral disease prevention and management; oral health challenges; and ensuring oral health is on the global health and development agendas.

Published by: FDI World Dental Federation

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