Sectoral Brief: Communications

Sectoral Brief: Communications <
Published 22nd September 2016
Author WHO, UNDP


This sectoral brief is tailored specifically to ministries of information and communications. It expands upon the following key points regarding what this sector needs to know about NCDs:

  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are a leading cause of illness, premature death and suffering.
  • The increasing burden of NCDs is linked strongly to global marketing of tobacco, alcohol, and processed foods and beverages high in fat, sugar and/or salt.
  • Ministries of information and communications have exceptional reach to promote good health and help people reduce their risk of dying early from a preventable NCD.
  • Several strategies are important to get the message across clearly.