Disease prevention

In the European Region, preventable diseases continue to impose a high burden of premature mortality, and unfortunately, simple and cost-effective preventive and curative interventions are underused. WHO/Europe aims to strengthen public health programmes to prevent communicable and noncommunicable diseases, and address risk factors. A high prevalence of risk factors can put populations or communities at a greater risk and result in more disease. These risk factors accumulate throughout the life-course and have economic, social, gender, political, behavioural and environmental determinants. Comprehensive action on the leading causes, conditions and the high coverage of proven health interventions can significantly reduce the burden of disease, premature death and disability in Europe.

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Launch of reports on tobacco control

WHO/Europe published a report looking at the latest data and information on tobacco use and the implementation of tobacco control in the WHO European Region. The report, entitled “Taking stock: tobacco control in the WHO European Region in 2017”, was launched during an event in Warsaw, Poland, on 19 September 2017.

World Antibiotic Awareness Week

12–18 November 2018


NCDprime - a policy scenario modelling tool (2019)

Modelling the impact of national policies on non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality using PRIME


Video - Antibiotics: the 5 things everyone needs to know

Antimicrobial resistance topic site