Global Tobacco Control and NCD Prevention: strengthening policy-based solutions
HealthBridge partners in Canada and Asia aimed to improve the prevention of non-communicable disease (NCD) through innovative, policy-based interventions on major NCD risk factors. Building on extensive experience in tobacco control, the project expanded the evidence base for policy-based solutions for two other NCD risk factors: physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. The project also accelerated knowledge sharing of the best policy-based practices for tackling risk factors for NCD.
The project highlighted how successful, policy-based solutions for tobacco control can be effectively transferred to NCD prevention. By focusing on practical experiences, it brought people together to build links and promote sharing of ideas through various mechanisms. To permit ongoing virtual networking, the existing Tobacco & Poverty online network – which is housed at HealthBridge – is being expanded to cover broader aspects of NCDs, as tobacco is only 1 of 4 major risk factors for these diseases.
Two events were organized: one in Canada, in February 2014, and one in South Asia in March 2014. Canadian and Asian participants prepared short documentary videos about their work and its impact on prevention of NCDs.
Canada and South Asia
October 2013 - November 2014