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Welcome to the Oxford Network on Noncommunicable Diseases (ON NCD). We are a Community of Practice (CoP), or ‘virtual network’, hosted by the World Health Organization Global Coordination Mechanism on Noncommunicable Diseases (WHO GCM/NCD) and led by the Centre on Population Approaches for Non-Communicable Disease Prevention (CPNP), a WHO Collaborating Centre at the Nuffield Department of Population Health, University of Oxford.

Intersectoral action for health is seen as central to the achievement of greater equity in health, especially where progress depends upon decisions and actions in other sectors such as agriculture, education, and finance. A major goal in intersectoral action is to achieve greater awareness of the health consequences of policy decisions and organizational practice in different sectors, and through this, movement in the direction of healthy public policy and practice. (WHO 1998) The term 'intersectoral' has been used originally to refer to the collaboration of the various public sectors, but more recently it has also been used to refer to the collaboration of the public sector with the private sector. The term multisectoral action has been used to refer to health action carried out simultaneously by a number of sectors within and outside the health system, but according to the WHO Glossary of terms (WHO 1998), it can be used as a synonym for intersectoral action.

ON NCD acknowledges widespread agreement on the need for a multisectoral response to NCDs and the complexity of implementing such action to focus on developing tools, feedback, evidence, and repositories of best practices for the prevention and control of NCDs.

It is anticipated that the tools developed, feedback given, evidence and experiences shared by ON NCD will serve all stakeholders who engage with the platform. In this way ON NCD will act as a channel of communication between key stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of multisectoral action on NCDs both within and outside of government.

The aims of ON NCD are as follows:

  1. To identify and contribute to training opportunities that equip key stakeholders with the resources necessary to implement multisectoral national NCD action plans

  2. To share and establish a process for feedback on toolkits for the development and implementation of multisectoral national NCD action plans

  3. To compile and share scientific evidence on multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs, in health and non-health sectors

  4. To compile and share a repository of best practices relating to multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs, in health and non-health sectors

  5. To maintain a space for ongoing discussions between key stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of multisectoral action for the prevention and control of NCDs

Please refer to the ON NCD Scope and Purpose Paper and related documents for more details: http://gcmportal.org/?4k16l32v

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