With the UN NCD Review this week in New York City, we recap on what Non-Communicable Diseases are… And why they matter.
This week in New York City, all eyes in the Global Health community will be on the UN NCD Review. As the last three years have flashed by since the 2011 High-Level Meeting, now is the moment to take stock and reflect on the progress – and challenges – of tackling this growing epidemic.
General Assembly resolution 66/2 of 19 September 2011, containing the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases called for the convening of a comprehensive review and assessment in 2014 of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.
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So what are the facts on NCDs?
– Non-Communicable Diseases are a group of varied and often chronic conditions including diabetes, heart disease (including stroke), cancers, chronic lung diseases and mental illness.
– Together, NCDs are the leading contributors of global morbirity and morbitity accounting for 60% of global deaths in 2010.
– 80% of global NCD mortality occurs in the world’s low and middle-income countries, representing a barrier to economic and social development.
– NCDs threaten to slow, halt and at worst, reverse progress on the MDGs and their replacement agenda.
To understand more, click on the e-lecture below to learn what NCDs are, who they affect and what you can do.
Dr Alessandro Demaio (@SandroDemaio) is Postdoctoral Fellow in Global Health at the Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Professor at the University of Copenhagen.