Noncommunicable disease (NCD) policy academy – equipping policy-makers for a multisectoral approach


Participants at the NCD policy academy in Lithuania

At an international WHO training seminar, held on 24–26 September 2012 in Birštonas, Lithuania, decision-makers in health policy learned how to use fiscal policy as a strategy to prevent NCDs.

The seminar offered participants an opportunity to understand different aspects of using fiscal policy across sectors. It gave an overview of available tools and drew on the huge international expertise and practical experience accumulated over the years, making use of WHO and other international strategies and expertise as background. Participating countries – Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine – shared their experience with fiscal policy, and worked on national fiscal policy plans.

Health-ministry officials and international experts analysed problems from epidemiological, policy, leadership and political perspectives to gain a deeper understanding of the complex task of preventing and controlling NCD risk factors.

The NCD policy academy was jointly organized by the Countrywide Integrated Noncommunicable Diseases Intervention (CINDI) network, the University of Alberta, Canada, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (WHO Collaborating Centre for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases) and WHO/Europe.