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Workshop on national strategy for the control of noncommunicable diseases

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Dr Hatem Abu Hatem, Director General of the national programme for control of noncommunicable diseases at the Ministry of Public Health and Population talks about the challenges that face control of NCDs in YemenDr Hatem Abu Hatem, Director General of the national programme for control of noncommunicable diseases at the Ministry of Public Health and Population talks about the challenges that face control of NCDs in Yemen11 February 2015 - The Ministry of Public Health and Population, with the support of WHO Yemen, concluded on Sunday 8 February 2015 a two-day workshop on formulating a national strategy for the control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

The workshop, which was attended by representatives from several ministries, national and international organizations, aimed at identifying and activating the role of the concerned bodies in implementing the national plan for the prevention of NCDs and containing risk factors.

Dr Ghazi Ismail, Deputy Minister of Public Health and Population for Curative Medicine, said that solutions for NCDs shouldn’t only be offered by the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

“Multisectoral integration and coordination are vital to solutions for noncommunicable diseases,” he said.

The workshop was preceded by several workshops and meetings that targeted ministries of health, youth, legal affairs, information, water and environment, agriculture, industry and education as well as Chamber of Commerce, Yemen Authority of Specifications, Standards and Quality Control, Civil Status and Civil Registry Authority and other organizations.

Dr Ishraq Al-Falahi of the Ministry of Public Health and Population delivers a presentation about the regional burden of noncommunicable diseasesDr Ishraq Al-Falahi of the Ministry of Public Health and Population delivers a presentation about the regional burden of noncommunicable diseases“There are serious attempts by the government to support the control  of noncommunicable diseases but the current circumstances hinder these efforts,” said Dr Hatem abu Hatem, Director General of the national programme for control of noncommunicable diseases at the Ministry of Public Health and Population.

In Yemen, it’s estimated that 39% of deaths are due to NCDs. The approximate number of deaths due to these diseases is 63 500 per year.

Key health-related statistics

Total population (000s) 25 235
Total health expenditure (% of general government expenditure) 3.9
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 1.5
Life expectancy 65.7

Source: Country statistical profiles 2017

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