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This global mechanism can be built upon ongoing efforts by WHO to report on the global status of noncommunicable diseases, including developing guidance for surveillance systems and standardizing core indicators.
Recommendation 12: Report on Global Progress
WHO should produce and present to the World Health Assembly abiannual World Heart Health Report within the existing framework ofreporting mechanisms for its Action Plan for the Global Strategy forthe Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases. The goalof this report should be to provide objective data to track progress inthe global effort against CVD and to stimulate policy dialog. Theseefforts should be designed not only for global monitoring but also tobuild capacity and support planning and evaluation at the nationallevel in low and middle income countries. Financial support shouldcome from the Global Alliance for Chronic Disease, with operationalsupport from the CDC. The reporting process should involve nationalgovernments from high, middle, and low income countries; leadinginternational NGOs; industry alliances; and development agencies. Aninitial goal of this global reporting mechanism should be to develop orselect standardized indicators and methods for measurement, leveraging existing instruments where available. These would be recommendedto countries, health systems, and prevention programs to maximize theglobal comparability of the data they collect.
Ultimately, the committee concluded that better control of CVD and related chronic diseases worldwide, and particularly in developing countries, is eminently possible. However, to achieve that goal will require sustained efforts, strong leadership, collaboration among stakeholders based on clearly defined goals and outcomes, and an investment of financial, technical, and human resources. Rather than competing against other global health and development priorities, the CVD community needs to engage policy makers and global health colleagues to integrate attention to CVD within existing global health missions and efforts because, given the high and growing burden, it will be impossible to achieve global health without better efforts to promote cardiovascular health.