ANGOLA—The Angolan Ministry of Health, in collaboration with the World Health Organization and with the generous financial support of the German Government, has organized a Workshop for the Technical Validation of the Multisectoral Plan for Noncommunicable Diseases.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) pose an increasing threat to health systems and population well-being in Angola, as they do in other nations.

Chronic lung ailments, cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disorders are classified as noncommunicable diseases by the World Health Organization, and they have become a growing global burden, accounting for 74% of all fatalities.

 This has prompted a push to acknowledge health as a fundamental and universal right, and disease prevention is a worldwide priority.

This gathering, which brought together all stakeholders, including health experts, academics, representatives of various ministries, United Nations partners, and members of civil society and the commercial sector, intending to build a comprehensive plan to address the major concerns connected to NCDs.

Dr. José Martins Franco, chief of the Disease Control section at the National Directorate of Public Health, underlined the need to collaborate during the event’s launch.

He went on to emphasize that effective noncommunicable disease prevention and control necessitates the leadership and coordination of numerous health stakeholders, both at the government and sector levels.

On his part, Vladimiro Quiar of the Ministry of the Environment stated that multiple ministerial sectors must convene to discuss public health issues since they touch everyone, and that they are not isolated issues for the Ministry of Health but also affect other ministries.

Dr. Fernanda Alves, WHO Health Officer, further stated that WHO is a significant leader in coordinating and supporting the worldwide battle against noncommunicable illnesses, as well as reaching SDG target 3.4.

She also stated that they needed to commit to supporting the Ministry of Health in order to strengthen the healthcare system.

Priorities were also established, as was a timetable for implementing the plan, monitoring progress, and evaluating results, with Dr. Alves emphasizing the organization’s substantial engagement in this process.

This forum also emphasized the importance of a multidisciplinary strategy for preventing and regulating NCDs, which includes the health sector as well as education, finance, agriculture, transportation, communication, and the environment.

The active participation of representatives from several sectors in the workshop demonstrated a shared commitment to addressing this topic fully and constructively.

During the session, solutions for combating NCDs were explored, including encouraging healthy practices, raising awareness about risk factors, and improving access to healthcare.

These efforts are consistent with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly objective 3.4, which aims to reduce early death from NCDs by 2030.

The workshop for the Technical Validation of Angola’s Multisectoral Plan for Noncommunicable Diseases was an important step forward in the country’s fight against NCDs.

It brought together a variety of stakeholders to devise a strategy to improve the health and well-being of the Angolan people.

The technical validation of the plan is an important stage before future approval, resource mobilization, presentation, dissemination, and implementation.

This approach will assure the plan’s effectiveness and adherence to best practices, promoting a healthy lifestyle for all Angolans.

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