The Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health Department promotes, coordinates, and implements technical cooperation activities directed to the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, related risk factors, disabilities, and mental, neurological and substance abuse disorders that are sound and appropriate for the culture and society.  It raises political and public awareness and understanding of burden of the most common NCDs, related risk factors, mental or neurological conditions, and leads multi-sector and multi-stakeholder strategic and collaborative efforts aimed at strengthening Member States' capacity to promote and protect health through public policies, programs, and services. This will reduce risks and disease burden in order to improve the physical, mental, and social well being of the population.

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Virtual courses

  1. Virtual courses on Noncommunicable Diseases (CVD, Kidney Diseases, Cáncer, Diabetes)
  2. Virtual courses on Mental Health
  3. Virtual courses on Alcohol
  4. Virtual course on Tobacco Control

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