Training course on prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases in the Russian Federation

An intensive four-day training course on prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in the Russian Federation was held in Moscow. It targeted policy-makers responsible for the design, implementation and coordination of intersectoral programmes to promote healthy lifestyles and to prevent and control NCDs. The course introduced 34 participants – representing the health care, social development, economy, finance and education sectors of 10 federal subjects of the Russian Federation – to international and national recommendations and approaches to reducing the NCD morbidity and mortality burden, and built their capacity to develop and implement intersectoral plans to address NCDs in their regions.

The Russian Federation considers tackling NCDs to be a key state policy goal in the field of health, and has implemented a number of associated state programmes. Nevertheless, promoting and implementing NCD preventive measures and recognizing the social and economic benefits they bring at the population level remain challenges that require the understanding and involvement of various government sectors.

Representatives of a number of government sectors from the 10 locations – Chuvash Republic, Khabarovsk Krai, Krasnodar Krai, Moscow City, Moscow Region, Novosibirsk Region, Stavropol Krai, Sverdlovsk Region, Volgograd Region and Vologda Region – learned about the main NCD risk factors; international approaches to NCD prevention and control; and ways to monitor progress. They were introduced to the draft national strategy for the promotion of healthy lifestyles for the population and prevention and control of NCDs in the Russian Federation for the period to 2025. To become successful, the strategy requires intersectoral involvement at all levels nationally. Examples of effective planning and implementation of national and regional NCD programmes were introduced to the participants, who then discussed their regional challenges and achievements in the area of NCDs. As a result of the course, they acquired essential knowledge and skills to develop regional intersectoral NCD action plans, harmonized with WHO recommendations and strategies, to support national NCD strategy implementation in their regions.  

The training course took place within the Project on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases (NCD Project), financed through a voluntary contribution by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. The course was hosted by the I. M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University. It was organized by WHO/Europe through the WHO Country Office in the Russian Federation and the NCD Project, and supported by the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation in collaboration with the following partners:

  • the WHO Collaborating Centre on Training and Education of Health Policy-makers in Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases at the Higher School of Health Administration, I.M. Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University; and
  • the WHO Collaborating Centre on Development and Implementation of Noncommunicable Disease Prevention Policy and Programs, National Research Centre for Preventive Medicine of the Russian Ministry of Health.