Berita NSM – Issue 2, 2013
In many countries around the world, the rising trend of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is cause for concern at the highest level. In Malaysia, we are no less determined to tackle NCDs at the macro and micro level, starting right at the top. The National Strategic Plan for Noncommunicable Diseases, launched by the Ministry of Health, calls for collaboration and participation of various stakeholders in combating NCDs.
The fight against NCDs also has the support of professional bodies and other organisations. This fact was acknowledged during the country’s first-ever conference on NCDs, which took place in Kuala Lumpur from 26-27 March 2013. Organised by Nutrition Society of Malaysia, with co-organisers the Ministry of Health Malaysia and the Malaysian Association for the Study of Obesity (MASO), the NCD conference had a strong focus on the groundwork required to reverse this public health epidemic – research findings, experiences from intervention programmes and multi-stakeholder partnerships.