It is one of the main technical committees which convenes (annually), under its umbrella lies a number of sub-committees (Cancer – Diabetes – Heart – Nutrition) which convene when needed.
Importance of the Committee
It springs from the importance of the group of diseases of high public importance with increased rates of prevalence in the Gulf community which became a threat to public health and an economic burden on the health system. This group of diseases also represents one of the most important causes of death. National surveys in the Council States indicated the unprecedentedly high rates of the risk factors of these diseases.
- A comprehensive Gulf plan was set (Al-Manama Document in the Unified Gulf Plan for Control of Noncommunicable Diseases) in 2011.
(The Gulf plan for prevention and control of NCDs) 2014/2025 was updated.
Political Commitment Summit
The Supreme Council issued a resolution in its 32nd session (Riyadh, Dec. 2011) which endorsed the first plan & issued another resolution in its 35th session (Doha, Dec. 2014) which endorsed the second (updated) plan.
- Implementation was operative by the Health Ministers' Council resolutions:
- Resolution # 2, conference 72 (Muscat, Jan. 2012)
- Resolution # 2, conference 78 (Bahrain, Feb. 2015)
The committee set an integrated framework for implementation of this endorsed plan, involving (Vision – Mission – Long term strategic objective and strategic objectives). Each has a number of targets and indicators for measurement, then the guiding implementation plans which involves mechanisms and indicators of application for each strategic objective and sub-strategies.
Mechanisms of Follow up of the plan
- An annual report is raised to the Secretariat General about the most recent developments, steps and procedures for implementation of the plan endorsed in October (every year) for evaluation and assessment of progress made.
- This takes place according to specific criteria using analytical tables as follows:
- Follow up of implementation of the Supreme Council Resolution.
- Follow up of implementation of the updated Gulf plan. (2014/2025).
Mechanism of Work of the Committee
As in chapter 4 of the by-laws of the Executive Board:
Function of the Committee
- Periodic Evaluation of progress made in implementation of the endorsed plan.
- Coping with the recent updates in the World.
- Follow up of the UN Political Resolution on Control of Non-communicable Diseases (Sept., 2011) and the international obligations up to 2018.
- Follow up of WHO resolutions and recommendations and consequent development of the Gulf plan.
- Coping with scientific updates in the field to be guided in improving the performance.
- Coping with and studying related health issues and assessing its appropriateness to and impact on the Gulf community, most recent is (Combatting Children and Youth Obesity).
Membership of the Community
Gulf leaders and experts from the MoH in addition to experts from the academia and Gulf, regional and international organization when needed (as observers).
Sub-committees from the NCD Committee
1. Diabetes Control Committee
- Started in 2000 and became a sub committee since Jan. 2013.
- It convenes (when needed). It updated the Gulf plan for Control of Diabetes (2016/2020) which was endorsed by resolution # 6-C of the 80th conference.
- It was agreed that Dosman Center for Diabetes Research in Kuwait is the technical arm of the committee.
2. Cancer Control Committee
- It started since 1998 as Gulf Cancer Registry then it changed for cancer control in 2011 under the supervision of the Gulf Center for Cancer Control (The Technical Arm of the Committee).
- Of the important achievements is endorsement of the MoU with the IARC (International Agency for Research on Cancer) as well as Gulf Campaign for cancer awareness (First week of Feb. every year)
- The committee updated the Gulf Plan for Cancer Control (2016/2020) which was endorsed by resolution # (6-C) of the 80th conference.