The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on noncommunicable disease resources and services: results of a rapid assessment


This report presents the results of a rapid assessment conducted by the NCD Department in May 2020 detailing the initial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on NCD resources and services.  

Published by: World Health Organization

WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs


WHO Independent High-level Comission on NCDs was established in 2017 to advise Dr. Tedros on ways to transform new opportunities to progress towards SDG target 3.4. The final report includes 8 recommendations on how to take action to best enable countries to achieve SDG target 3.4.

Published by: World Health Organization

World Cancer Report: Cancer Research for Cancer Prevention


The report focuses on prevention and offers the most comprehensive overview of relevant research avaliable to date, ranging from descriptive etiology, cellular and molecular biology, toxicology and pathology through to behavioural and social sciences. Key chapters include discussions on the impact of inequities in cancer, vaccination and screening, genomic individual susceptibility to cancer and the finer identification of those at risk, which may allow 'precision cancer prevention'.

Published by: International Agency for Research on Cancer

What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being?


This scoping review synthesizes the global evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being, with a specific focus on the WHO European Region Over the past two decades, there has been a major increase in research into the effects of the arts on health and well-being, alongside developments in practice and policy activities in different countries across the WHO European Region and further afield. However, because of a lack of awareness of the evidence underpinning these activities, there has been little consistency in policy development across different Member States in the Region. This report aims to close this awareness gap by mapping the current available evidence in the field of arts and health.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for Europe


SCOPE is a free internationally-recognized certification in obesity management. It equips health professionals with up to date, evidence-based obesity management resources, to better treat their patients with obesity and to excel in their careers.

Published by: World Obesity Federation

Alcohol policy impact case study: the effects of alcohol control measures on mortality and life expectancy in the Russian Federation


Alcohol consumption has long been recognized as one of the main driving factors of mortality in the Russian Federation, especially among men of working age. The introduction of various evidence-based alcohol control measures at the beginning of the 2000s resulted in a decrease in all-cause mortality, with the most pronounced relative changes occurring in causes of death that are causally linked to or closely associated with alcohol consumption. Since 2003, both alcohol consumption and mortality were declining in parallel. In the period 2003–2018, all-cause mortality decreased by 39% in men and by 36% in women – a trend that was mirrored by an increase in life expectancy. In 2018, Russian life expectancy reached its historic peak, standing at almost 68 years for men and 78 years for women. The experience gathered by the Russian Federation in reducing the burden of disease stemming from alcohol represents a powerful argument that effective alcohol policy is essential to improving the prospects of living long and healthy lives.

Published by: WHO Regional Office for Europe

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

Palliative Care and the Global Goal for Health Report


The aim of the report is to show how the Global Goal for Health and accompanying targets could support a focus on improving palliative care for people with life-threatening and life-limiting illness globally and to make recommendations for inclusion of palliative care within the Global Goal for Health.

Published by: Worldwide Hospice and Palliative Care Alliance

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)

Different heart diseases

Fact sheet

This fact sheet gives an overview of the different heart diseases and the distribution of different cardiovascular disease types in males and females.

Published by: World Heart Federation (WHF)

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)

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