World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean Gov't Doc #: EM/RC52/R.7 Agenda item 6 [b]
Type Of Publication : Regional Committee resolutions RC Resolution Fulltext The Regional Committee, Having discussed the technical paper on noncommunicable diseases: challenges and strategic directions; Recalling resolutions
EM/RC41/R.6 on diabetes prevention and control, EM/RC43/R.12 on cancer prevention and control, and EM/RC45/R.7 on prevention and control of cardiovascular diseases; Recognizing that prevention and care of noncommunicable diseases represent a challenging task, nationally and regionally and that the current burden of noncommunicable disease is a reflection of the population's exposure to the risk factors; Concerned at the estimated projected burden of noncommunicable diseases in many countries of the Region and the lack of reliable epidemiological population studies of the major risk factors; Being aware of the need to intensify regional and national strategies for developing and implementing successful and sustainable noncommunicable disease prevention and control policies, strategies and programmes; 1. URGES Member States to: 1.1 Prioritize noncommunicable disease in general, and hypertension and diabetes in particular, by establishing or strengthening a noncommunicable disease unit or department in the Ministry of Health; 1.2 Develop and strengthen national surveillance systems for noncommunicable disease and noncommunicable disease risk factors and conduct studies on the health and economic burden of noncommunicable disease; 1.3 Develop national strategies for advocacy, research and capacity-building in noncommunicable disease prevention and care; 1.4 Integrate, in general, noncommunicable disease prevention and control, and in particular hypertension and diabetes, into primary health care; 1.5 Apply and disseminate intervention knowledge and skills and experience gained from successful programmes in demonstration areas and continue sharing experience gained through communitybased programmes with other Member States; 2. REQUESTS the Regional Director to continue providing technical support to Member States to develop comprehensive integrated policies, strategies and plans for noncommunicable disease prevention and care, facilitate exchange of information on successful programmes in the Region and elsewhere and promote applied research on the economic burden of noncommunicable disease.
Keywords: Communicable Diseases,
( 2005).Noncommunicable diseases : challenges and strategic directions, World Health Organization, Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean