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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 126-128

How health policies are relevant for noncommunicable diseases: Experiences from policy forum


Department of Community Medicine, School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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Meenakshi Sharma
School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jncd.jncd_46_17

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Background: Risk factors of NCDs are mainly foods rich in calorie, transfat salt, use of tobacco and alcohol. Wide availability of these products driven by unfair trade, irresponsible marketing and affordable prices is prevalent. Hence healthy public policies are critical for prevention and control of NCDs. Methodology: A brief report based on background paper ,deliberations and recommendations from the policy forum which was organised on the 4th November 2017 with key topics i.e., sugar sweetened beverages and fat products. Discussion: Policy initiatives such as controlled marketing policy, increase in price and tax to make these products unaffordable and ban on sale of these products are important policy interventions which had worked in developed and developing nation are needed. Subsidizing fruits and vegetables may be additional initiative .There is need for addressing up streaming the social determinants for prevention of NCDs


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