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Policies for Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases and Risk Factors in Turkey

Republic of Turkey Ministry of Health, Directorate General Primary Health Care Country Resources General Health Policies Turkey 1 January 2011 Policy document non communicable disease, policy

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In parallel to the changes in our demographic structure and changing socioeconomic structure, the health agenda in Turkey is shifting from communicable and vaccine preventable diseases to non-communicable diseases and complications. Besides the successful efforts put into achieving Millennium Development Goals in terms of always prioritized maternal and infant mortality, Ministry of Health also gave speed to the studies aiming at controlling the burden of diseases caused by non-communicable diseases and complications.

The activities developed in parallel to National Program for Prevention and Control of Cardiovascular Diseases in Turkey-Risk Factors; Strategic Plan for Secondary and Tertiary Prevention and the Action Plan, Program for Prevention and Control of Chronic Respiratory Tract Diseases in Turkey (Asthma, COPD) (2009-2013) Action Plan and Program for Diabetes Prevention and Control in Turkey shall play an important role in the control of diseases and risk factors. The Ministry of Health put special emphasis on the compatibility of its strategic plan and action plans, as well as compatibility of tackling approaches with contemporary tackling techniques and the strategic and action plans of World Health Organization. In this context, the approach adopted for the development of related strategy and action plans includes contributions from all stakeholders such as public organizations and institutions, local administrations, universities, NGOs, and private sector; and studies are carried out to implement the plans and to ensure monitoring and evaluation.

This book, sharing the non-communicable disease tackling studies in Turkey, is intended to contribute to the policy development efforts. For the preparation of this book, the publication of WHO European Region covering Albania, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Kyrgyzsta and Lithuania has been followed as an example.


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