Sectoral Brief: Labour

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


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

  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) decrease the labour force, reduce productivity and reduce economic growth.
  • Preventing NCDs makes economic sense.
  • Tackling NCDs will not hurt businesses or lead to overall job loss – quite the opposite.
  • Ministries of labour and employment must recognize that the right to health is a fundamental responsibility of government and work with employers and other partners to tackle NCDs.
  • Ministries of labour and employment have specific responsibilities when it comes to tobacco production.