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    Type of settings
    Blended Course
    Category of capacity building activity
    PHIRI Activity
    Activity schedule
    Fixed date(s)
    Activity local date
    Date on a monthly basis
    GEO coverage
    Available in other languages
    Target audience
    Junior specialists;
    Public Health Sector;
    Public Health Professionals;
    Health Professionals;
    Public Health Authorities;

    Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and respiratory conditions pose a significant health threat, accounting for 90% of all deaths in the WHO European Region. Even during emergencies, when focus tends to shift towards short-term hazards like infections or traumas, NCDs remain a persistent and exacerbated concern. WHO/Europe has identified 15 countries and territories prone to emergencies due to geographical or other factors, where vulnerabilities in health systems can impede effective responses to hazards. Data underscores a substantial surge in NCD cases and related deaths during humanitarian crises, including a two-to-three-fold increase in heart attacks and strokes following disasters. Emergencies amplify trauma, injuries, and difficulties in accessing medicines and healthcare services, further deteriorating the health of individuals with NCDs. Given the recurrent occurrence of disasters such as heatwaves, forest fires, floods, and potential volcanic eruptions, preparedness, response, and resilience measures for those with or at risk of NCDs are of paramount importance. To address these challenges, WHO/Europe is organizing an online meeting to discuss risk mitigation across the European Region and advocate for the inclusion of NCD prevention and management in national preparedness and emergency response plans. This event will convene leading experts and decision-makers to explore preparedness strategies for future humanitarian crises, share insights and lessons learned from managing NCDs during the COVID-19 pandemic and other disasters, and explore ways in which WHO can support countries in integrating NCD prevention and management into their emergency strategies.

    Health status » Morbidity/disability » Non-communicable diseases;
    Policy » Response Plan
    Free keywords
    Crisis preparedness
    Leading organizer
    World Health Organisation Europe

    WHO Headquarters in Copenhagen
    (+45 45 33 70 00)

    Updated on 07 September 2023