PUBLIC HEALTH Best Practice Portal

Submit your proposal for a best practice on non-communicable diseases!

The European Commission is calling for best practices for implementation in EU countries focusing on health promotion, disease prevention, and the management of non-communicable diseases. In particular, best practices should focus on the five strands of the Healthier Together Initiative , i.e. diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, mental health, neurological disorders and health determinants.

Actions that address also health inequalities and/or involve integrated ‘Health in All Policies’ approaches would be particularly appreciated.

Governmental and non-governmental actors are invited to submit proposals for best practices.

This is an open call for proposals and the practices submitted will be evaluated once a year (date to be communicated) against the best practice criteria adopted in the Steering Group on Health Promotion, Disease Prevention and Management of Non-Communicable Diseases.

If selected, the European Commission:

1- Will invite the owners of the top-ranked best practices to present them to EU countries’ representatives in a ‘marketplace event’.

2- After this event, countries may identify best practices for implementation across the EU under the EU funding programmes.

Please note that the owners’ active involvement and collaboration is required both for the marketplace event, and even more fundamentally for the implementation phase in case the best practice will be selected for funding.

If you have questions about submitting a practice, you can consult the helpdesk:

Frequently Asked Questions

Non-communicable diseases

Non-communicable diseases represent 80% of the disease burden in Member States (before pandemic circumstances) and improved health promotion and disease prevention can reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases by as much as 70%.

Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenge for countries to effectively prevent and manage non-communicable diseases has become even bigger. The past two years have shown that people suffering from non-communicable diseases have a higher risk of being affected by COVID-19 and a higher risk of complications and dying from COVID-19.

The European Commission is currently working on a new EU initiative on non-communicable diseases ‘Healthier together’. This initiative will address the leading causes of avoidable premature death, complementing the action on cancer (addressed under Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan). Its strands include cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases, mental health and neurological disorders (the leading causes of avoidable premature death, accounting for 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the EU, excluding cancer). In addition, a horizontal strand will cover health determinants – such as lifestyle (tobacco, nutrition, physical activity and alcohol) - in coordination with Europe’s Beating Cancer Plan. Addressing these common determinants will thus benefit other non-communicable diseases.

The objective of the European Commission’s work on non-communicable diseases is to support Member States in tackling non-communicable diseases and reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, and specifically the target 3.4 on reducing by one-third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases by 2030.