WHO launches new NCDs progress mon­i­tor

BioSpectrum (Asia) - - Who News -

Gov­ern­ments must step up ef­forts to con­trol non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases (NCDs) to meet glob­ally agreed tar­gets, in­clud­ing pre­vent­ing the pre­ma­ture deaths of mil­lions of peo­ple from these con­di­tions. Limited na­tional progress has been made in the fight against NCDs – pri­mar­ily car­dio­vas­cu­lar and chronic re­s­pi­ra­tory dis­eases, can­cers and di­a­betes – which are the world’s big­gest killers, and claim the lives of 15 mil­lion peo­ple aged 30 to 70 years an­nu­ally.

But the WHO Non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease Progress Mon­i­tor 2017, which charts ac­tions by coun­tries to set tar­gets, im­ple­ment poli­cies to ad­dress four main shared and mod­i­fi­able NCD risk fac­tors (tobacco, un­healthy diet, phys­i­cal in­ac­tiv­ity and harm­ful use of al­co­hol) and build ca­pac­i­ties to re­duce and treat NCDs, shows that progress around the world has been un­even and in­suf­fi­cient.

The Progress Mon­i­tor pro­vides data on 19 in­di­ca­tors in all of WHO’s 194 Mem­ber States. The in­di­ca­tors in­clude set­ting time-bound tar­gets to re­duce NCD deaths; devel­op­ing all-of­gov­ern­ment poli­cies to ad­dress NCDs; im­ple­ment­ing key tobacco de­mand re­duc­tion mea­sures, mea­sures to re­duce harm­ful use of al­co­hol and un­healthy di­ets and pro­mote phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity; and strength­en­ing health sys­tems through pri­mary health care and uni­ver­sal health cov­er­age.

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