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Joint response: WHO Consultation on indicators for the Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020

In August 2013, WHO opened a web-based consultation on the zero draft of a set of indicators to monitor the progress with the implementation of the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020. The deadline for submission of contributions was today, November 8.

A joint response was prepared and submitted on behalf of 12 international organisations concerned with noncommunicable diseases, who are members of the UK NCDs and Development Task Force. Such organizations include (in alphabetical order) Age International, Cancer Research UK, Centre for Global NCDs, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Global Alcohol Policy Alliance, Help Age International, Institute of Alcohol Studies, International Association for the Study of Obesity, International Network for Cancer Treatment

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and Research, UK Health Forum, World Action on Salt and Health, WCRF International and WPHNA.

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Key recommendations

The key recommendations included in the joint contribution are as follows:

1. While we recognise the need for a limited set of indicators, all the indicators presently relate to action at the country level. As it’s a Global Action Plan (GAP) we recommend the inclusion of at least one global level indicator to assess NCD progress at the global/UN system level, such as the inclusion of NCDs in the post 2015 global development framework; as well as one regional level indicator.

2. The proposed data collection tool – the WHO NCD Country Capacity Survey tool1 (CCS) – pre-dates the WHO Global NCD Action Plan, and will therefore need to be updated to more usefully reflect implementation of the GAP on NCDs. These modifications should include:

  • Sub-question(s) on whether or not each of the individual disease or risk factor policies are multisectoral
  • Sub-question(s) on whether or not each of the individual disease or risk factor policies have dedicated resources to support implementation and monitoring
  • Sub-question(s) on whether the relevant disease and risk factor policies include actions selected from the proposed policy options in the WHO Global Action Plan on NCDs
  • Sub-question(s) on whether data in disease and risk factor surveys is disaggregated by age, sex and income or education to assess inequalities.

3. Drawing lessons from the recent WHO Global Nutrition Policy Review (2013), the CCS should also capture the following information on the

disease and risk factor policies:

  • Whether the policies have clear goals, targets, timelines, deliverables and monitoring mechanisms
  • Whether the policies specify roles and responsibilities
  • Whether the policies identify the capacity and competence areas required by the workforce
  • Whether the policies include process and outcome evaluation with appropriate indicators.

Next steps
14-15 November 2013: Consultation with Member States (International Conference Centre Geneva) to complete the work on a draft limited set of action plan indicators
20-25 January 2014: EB134 will consider a report of the Consultation
19-24 May 2014: WHA67 will consider a report of the Consultation, along with the recommendations of EB134

For more information, consult the WHO website.

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