WHO Alarmed by Chronic Disease Epidemic Amid Remarkable Health Progress

New data from the World Health Organization reveal significant milestones in meeting MDG health targets, but the rising chronic or non-communicable diseases are poised to cause huge alarm among the health systems of developing countries.

Chronic diseases, usually attributed to one’s lifestyle, include heart problem, stroke, all types of cancer, lung disease and type 2 diabetes, Thomson Reuters reports.

“We really need to halt this excessively rapid epidemic of chronic diseases. They are all spreading, and we are essentially doing nothing in the developing world,” Global Alliance on Chronic Disease Chairman Abdallah Daar stressed.

Daar further asserted that chronic diseases should be incorporated in the next MDG iteration, setting targets for both infectious and chronic diseases.

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  • Chiden Balmes

    Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.