Strengthening health systems response to address noncommunicable disases in the South-East Asia Region
AbstractNoncommunicable disesaes, which include cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, are the leading cause of death in the South-East Asia Region accounting for an estimated 8.5 million deaths each year. Prevention and control of NCDs require a set of actions. Clinical interventions for those at risk of NCDs and for people living with NCDs is an important and cirtical part of the national NCD response. Health-care systems in Member States in SEAR are not adequaterly organized to manage the NCD burden resulting from the demographic and epidemiological transition. The presence of lifelong chronic disease and long-term comorbidities requires not just a rethinking of service delivery but also reorientation of the entire health system building blocks. The World Health Organization Regional Office for South-East Asia organized a regional consultation on "Strengthening Health Systems Response to Address the NCDs in the South-East Asia Region, Colombo, Sri Lanka, 7-10 June 2016.
Regional Office for South-East Asia, World Health Organization. (2016). Strengthening health systems response to address noncommunicable disases in the South-East Asia Region. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/250329