THAN HIV - HEALTH Can­cer trend and pro­jec­tions, 2013 - 2020

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Tai­wanese gov­ern­ment in fa­cil­i­tat­ing such a work­shop that he felt came at the right time when the coun­try tries earnestly to sup­port health work­ers in ev­ery as­pect such as equip­ping them with the re­quired knowl­edge to face all the chal­lenges in the sec­tor. He said the coun­try would not re­alise the 2022 dream of be­ing a first world coun­try with­out the sup­port of the Tai­wanese.

A pre­sen­ta­tion made by the min­istry’s Seben­tile Myeni from the Mon­i­tor­ing and Eval­u­a­tion Unit, high­lighted that by 2020 the sit­u­a­tion of can­cer would have wors­ened with the coun­try fac­ing an enor­mous 1 203 cases 2020, 1 083 cases by 2019 and by 2018 it is pro­jected that the coun­try will be fac­ing 964 cases. For this year, the sit­u­a­tion is such that gov­ern­ment is deal­ing with 844 cases. The re­port re­flects that ba­si­cally there is an in­crease in the num­ber of NCD cases ob­served in the coun­try.

Gov­ern­ment has, there­fore, set up an NCD Unit to en­sure an em­pow­ered pop­u­la­tion where NCDs are no longer a ma­jor pub­lic health prob­lem. It also seeks to im­prove the health of the Swazi pop­u­la­tion by re­duc­ing the bur­den of NCDs through pre­ven­tion and con­trol tar­geted in­ter­ven­tions. It also seeks to re­duce NCD re­lated mor­bid­ity, dis­abil­ity and mor­tal­ity.

On the other hand, glob­ally, NCDs are the lead­ing causes of death, killing more peo­ple each year than all other causes com­bined. NCDs kill 40 mil­lion peo­ple each year, equiv­a­lent to 70 per cent of all deaths glob­ally. Each year, 15 mil­lion peo­ple die from an NCD be­tween the ages of 30 and 69 years and over 80 per cent of th­ese "pre­ma­ture" deaths oc­cur in low- and mid­dle-in­come coun­tries.

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