Duration: 2017 - 2021
Funded by Novo Nordisk, PerkinElmer, Abbott Nutrition, and FIGO.
Chaired by Moshe Hod, Israel
What are NCDs?
It is projected that by 2030, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will claim 52 million
An NCD is a medical condition or disease that is not infectious or transmissible.
Almost 80% of these premature deaths will occur in low or low-middle income countries.
What is the relevance for pregnancy?
Undernutrition, overweight and obesity, hypertension, and hyperglycaemia are NCDs commonly associated with pregnancy and they can lead to considerable maternal morbidity and mortality, poor pregnancy outcomes, and detrimental effects on the offspring.
To improve both the short-term outcomes and long-term population health, NCDs must be addressed simultaneously alongside maternal health. Pregnancy provides a unique opportunity for prevention and management of NCDs for mother and child.
By establishing the Pregnancy & Non-Communicable Diseases Committee, FIGO is committing to advocate internationally on the importance of addressing pregnancy and NCDs.
Focusing on obesity and malnutrition, hyperglycemia and hypertension in pregnancy (HIP), the Committee will work through four streams:
- Advocacy, awareness, communication and health economics
- Training and capacity
- Best clinical management and advice
- FIGO Global Declaration on Hyperglycemia in Pregnancy
- FIGO Initiative on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: A Pragmatic Guide for Diagnosis, Management, and Care
- HIP infographic (also available in French, Spanish, Chinese, Bulgarian, Greek and Russian)
- FIGO Recommendations on Adolescent, Preconception, and Maternal Nutrition: “Think Nutrition Fast”
- Adolescent, preconception and maternal nutrition (APMN) infographic (also available in French, Spanish, and Chinese)
- APMN nutritional questionnaire
- Joint position statement on universal screening for GDM in Europe by FIGO, EBCOG and EAPM
- Paris Consensus on Gestational Diabetes Mellitus screening 2018
Maternal and child health is inextricably linked with non-communicable diseases.
The first Global Week for Action on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), 3-9 September, 2018 in the lead-up to the third High-level Meeting on the prevention and control of NCDs during the UN General Assembly, provided FIGO member societies with the opportunity to call out for the addition of vital language on maternal health in the upcoming UN resolution on prevention and control of NCDs. Find out more
World Diabetes Day
On 14 November each year, FIGO joins the international community for World Diabetes Day, to raise awareness of diabetes globally.
The day was launched in 1991 by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization, in response to growing concerns about the escalating health threat posed by diabetes.
Moshe Hod, Israel - Chair
Hema Divakar, India – Co Chair
Mark Hanson, UK – Co Chair
Anil Kapur, India
David McIntyre, Australia
Mary D’Alton, USA
Anne Beatrice Kihara, Kenya
Ronald Ma, Hong Kong
Fionnuala McAuliffe, Ireland
Ricardo Fescina, Uruguay