Will NCDs gain traction at the World Health Assembly?

A side event on noncommunicable diseases at the 66th World Health Assembly. At this year’s meeting of health ministers from WHO member countries, IFRC and IFPMA will be hosting a side event on NCDs, where it will launch the “4 Healthy Habits” initiative. Photo by: Rowan Farrell / ITU / CC BY

The 67th World Health Assembly is happening this week in Geneva, and one of the key issues on the agenda is noncommunicable diseases.

NCDs — cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease — result in more than 36 million deaths each year, and 80 percent of these occur in low- and middle-income countries. In Africa, deaths from NCDs are expected to outpace those stemming from infectious, maternal, prenatal and nutritious diseases by 2030.

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