Resources: Non-Communicable Diseases
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Rates of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been rising in all countries. Nearly 80% of the world’s chronic disease-related deaths occur in low- and middle- income countries. This short video explainis the rising chronic disease epidemic and the importance of the UN High Level Meeting. .
The Lancet NCD Action Group and the NCD Alliance propose five overarching priority actions for the response to the non-communicable disease crisis. The most urgent and immediate priority is tobacco control. If widely adopted and implemented, tobacco control interventions will achieve the global goal of reducing NCD death rates by 2% per year, averting tens of millions of premature deaths in this decade.
The NCD Alliance calls for accelerated implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. As a sustainable investment, with proven results, it will contribute to producing a healthier, more able and productive global population, and will increase the benefits of investment already being made towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
Opening remarks by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization, at the WHO Global Forum: Addressing the Challenge of Noncommunicable Diseases, Moscow, Russian Federation, 27 April 2011 .
This first report on the current status of noncommunicable diseases provides a road map for reversing the epidemic by strengthening national and global monitoring and surveillance, scaling up the implementation of evidence-based measures to reduce risk factors like tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful alcohol use, and improving access to cost-effective healthcare interventions to prevent complications, disabilities and premature death.