Global Week for Action on NCDs

We’ve said ENOUGH. Now it’s time to ACT on NCDs.

The annual Global Week for Action on NCDs campaign draws on outrage, energy, inspiration, determination and optimism to focus efforts on ensuring NCD prevention and control get the attention and action they deserve.

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Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the #1 cause of death and disability in the world, accounting for 70% of all deaths and more than three out of four years lived with a disability - and many NCDs are preventable and premature. Driven largely by five modifiable risk factors – tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and air pollution, NCDs are exacerbated by weak healthy systems, under-investment, and lack of accountability, and actions to reduce their impact on people’s lives require a whole of society approach. NCDs are a major cause (and consequence) of poverty, and the largest NCD burden occurs in low- and middle- income countries.


Accountability: Pushing for progress

The campaign theme for 2020 is Accountability, a crucial force for good governance, political and programmatic change.


Accountability involves monitoring of commitments and how governments are using resources, and tracking policies and actions of public and private sector to identify what works and why and where increased action is needed for them to fulfil the health needs and rights of all people.


Governments have committed to many targets for NCD prevention and control through the UN, such as WHO NCD targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which have accountability mechanisms in place. These can be strengthened by independent civil society-led accountability activities.

We can all help ensure that commitments translate into targets met, to turn back the tide on the NCD epidemic. Civil society, academia and private sector, all have a role to play. Greater accountability actions across sectors can help bridge the glaring accountability gap for progress on NCDs.