Regional NCDs

- Relevant knowledge


As NCD prevention among young people aligns with the targets of the WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013-2020 and the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), this report describes the key NCD risk behaviors among young people in 19 selected countries in MENA and provides examples of policy and program interventions to reduce these behaviors.


According to the results of the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010, the burden of non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes) in the Arab world has increased, with variations between countries of different income levels. Behavioural risk factors, including tobacco use, unhealthy diets, and physical inactivity are prevalent, and obesity in adults and children has reached an alarming level. Despite epidemiological evidence, the policy response to non-communicable diseases has been weak. 


A presentation by Hoda Rashad in the Conference on “Turning the tide – Interventions to reduce the increasing Burden of NCDs” Organized by Public Health New York University Abu Dhabi on March 4-5-2019  T he presentation highlights the global discourse and strategies in the area of NCDs and the extent to which SDH framing is well situated in them.  It calls on the Arab region to benefit from an improved evidence base and an equity lens. It further identified many pre-requisites that are needed to highlighted  


Region specific findings

This publication provides a brief guide on how to implement surveillance for NCDs. It outlines what NCD surveillance is and why it is crucial to invest in it. The document also highlights ways to implement NCD surveillance, especially in low-resource settings, and how to strengthen national NCD surveillance efforts. It shows how implementing surveillance serves two purposes: providing data for use on a national level and at the same time fulfilling regional and global NCD control and prevention commitments.



- Useful tools

Guided by the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases, this regional plan represents an additional call‐to‐action to prevent noncommunicable diseases in the Region and will strengthen regional efforts to implement prevention and control programmes for the treatment of noncommunicable diseases.


- Data sources

The WHO STEPwise approach to surveillance (STEPS) is an internationally comparable, standardized and integrated surveillance tool through which countries can collect, analyses and disseminate core information on non-communicable diseases(NCDs). Click here