WHO highlights the need for countries to scale up action on NCDs

The new WHO report on the "Non-Communicable diseases like heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease country profiles 2014" show progress has been insufficient and uneven. It was estimated that every year 38 million people (28 million in developing countries) die from NCDs, nearly 16 million of them prematurely – before they reach the age of 70, while the number of NCD deaths has increased worldwide and in every region since 2000.

The report provides an updated overview of the Non Communicable Diseases situation including recent trends and government responses in 194 countries and it that:

  • 95% of the countries that responded to the most recent survey have a designated Ministry of Health department or unit to tackle NCDs;
  • half the world’s countries have a plan and a budget to address these diseases;
  • the number of countries monitoring the main risk factors – such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and harmful use of alcohol – has doubled since 2010.

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