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The WHO European High Level Conference on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) was successfully held in Ashgabat. The forum brought together leaders and representatives of the Ministry of Health and Medical Industry of Turkmenistan, the WHO European Bureau, authorized representatives of the health sectors of WHO European Region countries, as well as foreign and Turkmen mass media.
The conference discussed issues relating to international cooperation in the sphere of prevention and control of NCDs, as well as Turkmenistan's experience in this area. The forum participants noted that the adoption of the Ashgabat Declaration on the Prevention and Control of NCDs in 2013 was a landmark for Europe. This document laid down the core principles and commitments in the sphere of combating NCDs, serving as a guiding document for improvement of the health systems.
On the first day of the conference, Acting Director of the WHO Regional Office for Europe Piroska stlin praised the long-term cooperation between WHO and Turkmenistan and presented the Turkmen side with the Certificate of Honor for its outstanding contribution to the prevention of non-communicable diseases.
The first day of the conference concluded with a briefing that informed the conference participants about cooperation between WHO and Turkmenistan in the sphere of prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
On the second day of the conference, the participants emphasized the importance of strategic partnership between countries and international organizations, namely the UN agencies and non-governmental organizations. The discussions focused on issues relating to the consequences of tobacco smoking and alcohol use in prevention and control of non-communicable diseases. In particular, the conference participants deliberated on the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and development of further plans in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. They noted Turkmenistan's efficient contribution to the development of relevant programs.
Other discussions covered issues relating to childhood obesity, malnutrition and oncological diseases. In their presentations, the participants noted the need for strengthening cooperation in developing new preventive measures, provision of statistical data and establishment of systems for rapid response to NCDs.
The conference paid special attention to issues relating to equitable access and affordability of necessary medicaments and equipment used for prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases. The conference participants agreed that these issues should be taken into account when developing national programs and health systems in any country.
Summing up the conference, the leaders of the WHO European Bureau expressed their appreciation to the Turkmen side for facilitating such a significant event that supported the mobilization of efforts to promote prevention and combating NCDs, thus contributing to the common cause of protecting the rights of all people to the highest standard of health services. In conclusion, there was read out an Address to President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov on the outcomes of the WHO European High Level Conference on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

Ahmetdzan NURIEV

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