World Health Organization has approved a draft action plan containing a vision, principles and approaches, a goal, six objectives, and voluntary global targets to be achieved by 2025. The Jan 11 plan will go for consultation in March and finally submitted for approval at the WHF Assembly in May 2013.
25% reduction in NCDs by 2025 will require a concerted effort by all. Reductions in tobacco use, improved diets, more active lifestyle, reduced obesity, controlled blood pressure and less salt in the diet are part of it. But so are drug therapies to prevent heart attacks and strokes and affordable technologies and essential medicines.
Some members of CLAS find a moment to brief each other on the multitude of activities that took place during the UN Summit on NCDs in Sept 2011. Since then, the World Health Organization has advanced in defining targets and indicators for monitoring noncommunicable diseases and an action plan.