Last year, 2015 was an historic year for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Global leaders,
recognizing the enormous burden that NCDs place on people and communities in developed and
developing countries, included them in the new global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
As part of our efforts to track global progress to reduce premature death from preventable NCDs, WHO
conducted, in 2015, its fifth national NCD country capacity survey.The aim of this survey is to generate
detailed information from countries on their current capacities related to NCD infrastructure, policy
action, surveillance and health-systems response. Besides providing a useful snapshot of the progress
countries are making to beat NCDs, the WHO NCD country capacity survey highlights areas that urgently require prioritization and additional strengthening.