WHO Europe: Major New Step Towards NCDs Control
WHO Europe and the Russian Federation signed a Donor Agreement setting out the Russian Federation’s financial contribution for continued joint work to fight noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Region.
The grant marks a milestone in the Region’s response to its high burden of NCDs. Taken together, the major NCDs – diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders – account for more than 80% of the deaths and over two thirds of the disease burden in the Region.
The signing was part of a 2 day meeting on innovative approaches to counteract NCDs. During the meeting, Russian experts and representatives of centres of excellence showcased best practices in the fight against NCDs.
In April, WHO Europe called for stronger action to reduce NCD deaths in the WHO European High-level Conference on Noncommunicable Diseases which took place in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on April 9–10, 2019.
The support from the Russian Federation to the WHO in the European Region will be instrumental in tackling the NCD problem in the region.
This support from the Russian Federation opens new avenues in confronting the NCD epidemic, and at the same time it challenges us to undertake more cutting-edge initiatives and intersectoral efforts,” said Dr Piroska Ӧstlin, Acting WHO Regional Director for Europe, as per WHO Europe.