The European Commission has launched in December 2021 the Healthier together – EU non-communicable diseases (NCD) initiative to support EU countries in identifying and implementing effective policies and actions to reduce the burden of major NCDs and improve citizens’ health and well-being. The initiative covers the 2022-2027 period and includes 5 strands:
- health determinants
- cardiovascular diseases
- chronic respiratory diseases
- mental health and neurological disorders
All strands include a health equity dimension, thus supporting the reduction of health inequalities.
While the strands enable addressing particular challenges of each disease group, the initiative as such promotes a holistic and coordinated approach to prevention and care. It also supports better knowledge and data, screening and early detection, diagnosis and treatment management, and the improvement of quality of life for patients.