Towards 2025: Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent and Control NCD in Hong Kong
Like other regions in the world, there are an increasing number of people in Hong Kong suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) which caused ill-health, disability and premature deaths. With an expanding and ageing population, the burden of NCD in Hong Kong is expected to increase further. Recognising that there will be significant health, social and economic impacts on our population if the problem of NCD is left uncontrolled, the Government is committed to fighting against NCD on all fronts and alleviating its burden.
Non-communicable disease prevention and control strategy in Hong Kong
Since 2008, the Government has launched a strategic framework to prevent and control non-communicable diseases (NCD) and has set up a high-level Steering Committee (SC), chaired by the Secretary for Health and comprising representatives from the Government, public and private sectors, academia, professional bodies, industry representatives and other key partners, to deliberate on and oversee the overall roadmap for implementation. Three working groups were set up, with two focusing on promotion of healthy diet, physical activity and reduction of alcohol-related harm. To combat the threat posed by NCD and in line with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s “Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCD 2013-2020” (Global NCD Action Plan), the SC, in 2018, formulated and endorsed a strategy and action plan for prevention and control of NCD by 2025 which defines a set of 9 local NCD targets to be achieved by the same year. This resulted in the publication of the document, “Towards 2025: Strategy and Action Plan to Prevent and Control Non-communicable Diseases in Hong Kong” (SAP).
Aligning with the WHO’s Global NCD Action Plan, the SAP focuses on four NCD (namely cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes) and four shared behavioural risk factors (namely unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and harmful use of alcohol) that are potentially preventable or modifiable and have significant impact on population health.
The SAP aims to reduce NCD burden including disability and premature death in Hong Kong by 2025.
Strategic Management Structure
Terms of Reference and List of Membership of Steering Committee on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases
1 March 2021
TV Announcements in the Public Interest (API) "Move for Health Every Day"
The Department of Health (DH) launched a new TV Announcements in the Public Interest (API) - "Move for Health Every Day" on 25 February 2021, to encourage the public to stay physically active for promoting health. Adults should do at least two and a half hours of moderate-intensity physical activity per week; or at least one hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week!
Past strategic framework and action plan
- Year 2015: Action Plan to Strengthen Prevention of Unintentional Injuries in Hong Kong
- Year 2011: Action Plan to Reduce Alcohol-related Harm in Hong Kong
- Year 2010: Action Plan to Promote Healthy Diet and Physical Activity Participation in Hong Kong
- Year 2008: Promoting Health in Hong Kong: A Strategic Framework for Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases