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 mentalhealthdrugs 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.