Major step towards control of non-communicable diseases in the WHO European Region


  • Priscilla Lynch
  • Univadis Medical News
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The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced a major step towards control of non-communicable diseases in the WHO European Region.

Acting WHO Regional Director for Europe, Dr Piroska Ӧstlin, and Deputy Minister of Health of the Russian Federation, Mr Dmitry Kostennikov, signed a new Donor Agreement earlier this month.

The Agreement sets out the Russian Federation’s financial contribution for continued joint work to fight non-communicable diseases in the Region. Signed on 3 July 2019 in Moscow, Russia, the grant marks a milestone in the Region’s response to its high burden of non-communicable diseases.

More than 100 Russian and international experts witnessed the signing ceremony, part of a two-day meeting on innovative approaches to counteract non-communicable diseases.

Taken together, the major non-communicable diseases - diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders - account for more than 80 per cent of all deaths and over two-thirds of the disease burden in the Region.

Concerned by the growing number of deaths and disabilities caused by non-communicable diseases, the Russian Federation and WHO/Europe teamed up in 2014 to establish the WHO European Office for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Office) to address the issue.