150 years of serving humanity

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the main cause of death. They account for 2/3 of deaths worldwide and 90% of deaths in Belarus. The Swiss Red Cross is working to prevent non-communicable diseases and is supporting the “Community Action for Health” project.

Volunteer initiative groups were created, having united active persons who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle and help other community members, including their neighbors, colleagues, friends, classmates, neighborhood residents. Each volunteer accompanies two or more persons, evaluating their risk of non-communicable diseases development, helping them to conduct a personal plan on NCD prevention and on leading a healthy lifestyle, as well as supporting the implementation of the plan on a regular basis. Training of medical workers and volunteers was organized.

Related Resources
Good health adds years to life: a poster for the World Health Day 2012
Helmut Wirz, a retired pharmacist, has been bungee jumping since the age of 75. Photos by Karsten Thormaehlen.
Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014.-WHO, 2014.- 322 p.
The report includes estimates of mortality due to noncommunicable diseases and risk factors, as well as dwells on nine global noncommunicable diseases targets.
Global Recommendations on Physical Activity for Health.- WHO, 2010.- 60 p.
The recommendations set out in this document focus on the prevention of noncommunicable diseases and address three age groups: 5–17 years old; 18–64 years old; and 65 years old and above.