Non-Communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) include the “big four”–cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, and chronic respiratory diseases–and others such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, hepatic, gastroenterological, and oral diseases.  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), NCDs cause 60 percent of all deaths globally, with more than 80 percent occurring in developing countries.  WHO attributes NCDs to factors including poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and harmful use of alcohol, and in 2012, WHO Member States from around the world, including the United States, set the goal of reducing preventable deaths from NCDs by 25 percent by the year 2025 (“25 x 25”).

In order to increase public awareness of NCDs and support NCD prevention and control efforts, including those to help achieve the 25 x 25 goal, the United Nations, WHO, Heads of State, Health Ministers, and other government officials have called for multi-stakeholder engagement.  In response to this invitation, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation, along with numerous other diverse organizations, is sharing its expertise, research, and best practices, including through key resources on itsFood Insight website.

The IFIC Foundation emphasizes the importance of using science-based, behavior-focused communications in order to motivate individuals and families to achieve healthful, active lifestyles, with the goal of helping to reduce the incidence of NCDs.  We hope this NCD webpage will be helpful to you as we work together in this effort.  Please check back occasionally for additional resources.

Interview with Sir George Alleyne, PAHO Director Emeritus

Since the historic 2011 United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) Prevention and Control and the IFIC Foundation’s 2011 Global Communications Summit on Diet and Physical Activity, the IFIC Foundation and many partners, including NCD Roundtable partners, have engaged with the World Health Organization and other stakeholders on NCDs.

This interview with the esteemed Sir George Alleyne gives a preview to the upcoming 66th World Health Assembly in Geneva (May 20-28, 2013), where Member States will decide upon the WHO Global NCD Action Plan 2013-2020, which will operationalize the commitments of the Political Declaration of the 2011 High-level Meeting.  Sir George also addresses the importance of science-based communications and multi-sector engagement, the role of the NCD Roundtable, the variety of NCDs, and the impact of the changing demographics in our world.

Interviewer:  Kimberly Reed, Executive Director, IFIC Foundation

Special Guest:  Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization, and Chancellor, University of the West Indies


Other NCD Resources

PRESS RELEASE: Proceedings of IFIC Foundation Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit Published in Nutrition Reviews

Letters from IFIC Foundation to Key Leaders:

Letter to Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Nils Daulaire on 66th World Health Assembly (May 6, 2013) 

Letter to WHO Director-General Chan on Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020 (March 9, 2013)

Letter to WHO Director-General Chan on Strengthening and Facilitating Multisectoral Action through Effective Partnership (May 1, 2012)

Letter to Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Sebelius on 65th World Health Assembly (May 1, 2012)

Nutrition Reviews Article:

Communication strategies to help reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases: Proceedings from the inaugural IFIC Foundation Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit

Communication Strategies to Help Reduce the Prevalence of Non-communicable Diseases:

Combined Nutrition Reviews article and the Communication Strategies Fact Sheet in all six official UN languages

Press releases and blog posts:

Read about the International Food Information Council Foundation’s 2011 Global Diet and Physical Activity Communications Summit: “Insights to Motivate Healthful, Active Lifestyles” (Agenda, Speakers, Bios, Videos, Presentation Slides)