As per the 2020 World Health Organization (WHO) Global Health Estimates report, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) account for a considerable majority of deaths globally. In Jordan, a low-middle income country with a rapidly growing population that has surpassed 10 million individuals, NCDs, account for 78% of all deaths in the country.
With its health system oriented towards providing acute care more than promoting prevention and healthy lifestyles, Jordan,, has only limited experience with implementing NCDs policies, programs, and interventions effectively. This is particularly difficult since national evidence and data on NCDs to improve existing programs and policies and to inform new ones is limited, and many of the NCDs “best buys” have not been assessed in Jordan.
Reducing NCDs-related morbidity and mortality in Jordan necessitates effective multi-level evidence informing multisectoral action and policy. None of this is achievable without a strong national capacity to produce locally relevant data and evidence.
In this policy brief Non-Communicable Disease DATA–TO-ACTION: Jordan 2021, lessons are presented based on a workshop that was conducted by the Eastern Mediterranean Public Health Network (EMPHNET) in collaboration with the Royal Health Awareness Society (RHAS), under the guidance of the Jordan Ministry of Health. Bringing relevant NCD stakeholders together, the workshop utilized the Data-to-Action Discussion Guide of the NCDs Capacity Assessment and Planning (N-CAP) Tool to assess, prioritize, and plan for next steps to inform country led efforts in NCDs data collection and use.