World Health Organization publishes meaningful engagement guide


The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a framework for meaningful engagement of people living with noncommunicable diseases, mental health and neurological conditions. The objective of the framework is to support WHO and Members States to meaningfully involve people living with non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mental health and neurological conditions, to co-create and enhance related policies, programmes and services. In addition, it aims to contribute to existing understanding, knowledge and actions on meaningful engagement and participatory approaches.

Furthermore, the framework provides practical guidance and actions for transitioning from intention to action. The guide is aimed at people working at WHO and in Member States, with the WHO committing to advocate for, and provide technical assistance to implement the framework at its three levels (headquarters, regional and country offices), whilst also supporting Member States in implementation at national level.

An online event took place on 11 May 2023 to launch the framework with speeches from some of the people with lived experience who had contributed to the co-creation process and representatives from WHO, Member States and other non-State actors. Chris Roberts (Chair of the EWGPWD) and Ana Diaz (AE project officer) attended this event. The framework is available at: