Country Consultation on integrated NCD Surveillance

8-9 December 2014, Vilnius, Lithuania 

In response to the recent policy and strategy developments on EU and global levels of noncommunicable disease (NCD) surveillance, the WHO Regional Office for Europe will hold a consultation meeting on 8 and 9 December in Vilnius, Lithuania. This consultation will contribute to the on-going project on integrated surveillance of NCD (iNCD), a project funded by the World Health Organization and the European Union.

The project aims to describe how the Member States of the European Union can optimize their use of the European Core Health Indicators (ECHI) shortlist to report on progress towards reaching the nine voluntary targets of the Global Monitoring Framework (GMF) on NCD, adopted by the World Health Assembly in May 2013. Furthermore, the project also seeks to maximise the utility of existing indicator systems in countries for complying with the global commitments, which will support the WHO Health 2020 policy and the associated GMF target indicators.

Participants will discuss the gaps and quality issues of key indicators in international databases, inform about comparability and availability of data, and present a pilot data set on NCD risk factors and outcomes. The meeting will also showcase an array of good practice surveillance examples, innovative data sets and country cases, where attendees will discuss lessons learnt from these examples, and how these can be translated into other country settings.

This milestone meeting will include representatives from the Member States of the European Union and the European Free Trade Association countries, the European Commission, the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe and the Headquarters and other national and international partners. Technical support comes from the National Institute for Health and Welfare of Finland, the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment of the Netherlands, the University of Venice, the Clalit Research Institute of Israel and the CINDI Network on Integrated NCD. A full published report of the proceedings will be issued after the meeting.