Civil society groups across Africa were disappointed with the lack of prioritization of NCDs in the 2016 WHO AFRO Regional Committee Meeting and issued the following statement.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, are responsible for the greatest burden of death and disability globally. No longer viewed as diseases of affluence, NCDs are of critical importance to all countries and are firmly on the global political agenda.
What is next after the 69th World Health Assembly #WHA69? A call to action towards the 2018 UN High Level Meeting on NCDs
It is amazing how for six intense days, a relatively small number of individuals meet in a small, very expensive city to deliberate on the world’s health issues. Health issues that impact lives not only for those in these discussions, but radiate out to every corner of the world.
Obesity is a global pandemic. It is one of the key risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. As prevalence continues to rise in both emerging economies and high-income countries, public health has focused on two key risk factors: physical inactivity and unhealthy diet.