Africa: World Health Assembly Approves Development of Implementation Roadmap for Achieving SDG Target On Noncommunicable Diseases

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The World Health Assembly has asked the World Health Organization to develop an implementation roadmap for 2023-2030 in support of the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The roadmap will provide a basis for countries to decide on priority activities and pathways to accelerate progress towards achievement of SDG target 3.4 in the next 10 years.

Target 3.4 of the Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by one third by 2030 relative to 2015 levels. Only 17 countries are currently on track to meet that target for women and 15 for men. Actions relating to the achievement of other SDG 3 targets, such as those relating to the reduction of tobacco use and universal health coverage, will be included in the roadmap.

WHO will consult widely internally and externally, including with people living with NCDs, during the development of the roadmap. Lessons learned from the work of WHO and key partners already undertaken to prevent and control NCDs, including in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, will be taken into consideration.

The roadmap will be submitted for consideration to the World Health Assembly in May 2022, following review by the Executive Board at its January 2022 session and subsequent consultations with Member States.

Related links

Mid-point evaluation of the implementation of the WHO global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013-2020: executive summary - April 2021

Political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases - January 2021

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