Health Systems Respond to NCDs. Preparatory expert and Member State meeting

9–10 November 2017, Madrid, Spain

Representatives from selected Member States and experts will meet to discuss a new vision and policy recommendations for a comprehensive and coherent health systems response to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The vision is based on evidence and is the result of 5 years of work by multidisciplinary teams from WHO Europe, a number of Member States and a network of experts. This vision is set out in a regional synthesis report, “Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience of the European Region”, which will be launched at a high-level meeting hosted by WHO Europe in April 2018. Some highlighted overarching issues will include the possibility of accelerated development, integration of equitable approaches, the role of gender, and innovations.

Featured topics

Discussions at the November preparatory meeting will centre around:

  • strengthening governance;
  • the role of local governments and communities in NCD prevention, detection and management;
  • transforming public health services to be prevention-oriented;
  • moving towards team-based multi-profile primary care to step up early detection and disease management;
  • structuring specialist care for NCDs;
  • instruments for moving towards a more people-centred approach for delivering NCD interventions;
  • health financing strategies;
  • ensuring a fit-for-purpose health workforce;
  • ensuring access to quality medicines and health technologies;
  • information solutions to help bridge policy gaps.

Delivering on regional and global targets

Strengthening health systems for more effective prevention and treatment of NCDs is central to the implementation of Health 2020, the European policy framework for health and well-being; it underpins the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; and is closely linked to the achievement of universal health coverage.