The World Health Organization has just published the Global Status Report on noncommunicable Diseases 2014. This global status report is the second in a triennial series tracking worldwide progress
in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). To accelerate national efforts to address NCDs, in 2013 the World Health Assembly adopted a comprehensive global monitoring framework with 25 indicators and nine voluntary global targets for 2025. This global status report on prevention and control of NCDs (2014) is framed around the nine voluntary global targets. It provides data on the current situation, identifying bottlenecks as well as opportunities and priority actions for attaining the targets. The 2010 baseline estimates on NCD mortality and risk factors are provided so that countries can report on progress, starting in 2015. In addition, the report also provides the latest available estimates on NCD mortality (2012) and risk factors, 2010-2012. All countries can benefit from the comprehensive response to attaining the voluntary global targets presented in this report. The report outlines, among many other things, that the global move towards universal health coverage offers an opportunity to explicitly prioritize very cost-effective NCD interventions. On the occasion of the launch of this report WSMI would like to emphasize that self-care should be seen as an essential element of a sustainable healthcare system, in particular in the context of universal health coverage.