Welcome to the initiative to fight non-communicable diseases
The decision was made at the inauguration of the International Strategic Dialogue on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Sustainable Development Goals.
The dialogue took place in Accra, Ghana with the launch of a new global compact on NCDs.
This dialogue was organized World Health Organization With Ghana and Norway.
The leaders of the countries stressed the urgency of addressing non-communicable diseases, which the World Health Organization calls NCD epidemics.
Worldwide, 7 out of 10 people die from risk factors such as tobacco, alcohol, unhealthy foods, physical inactivity and air pollution.
70 lakh lives saved
The UN health agency says non-communicable diseases are preventable and treatable, and from now until 2030, only US $ 0.84 per year could save the lives of 7 million people at this very small cost.
By 2030, this investment will bring more than $ 230 billion in economic and social benefits and prevent nearly 10 million heart attacks and strokes.
The group will now hold its annual meeting in the UN General Assembly and the first meeting is proposed to be held in September 2022.
Five priority areas:
1) Save the lives of 50 million people who may die of non-communicable diseases by 2030 and implement the most effective low cost measures.
2) Protecting one billion 70 million people living with non-communicable diseases, ensuring health care and availability of medicines as per their needs.
3) Integrate NCD into primary health care and universal health coverage.
4) Large scale NCD monitoring and inspection.
5) and to meaningfully involve one billion 70 million people living with NCDs and mental health conditions in policy-making and programs.
Afuko-Addo, President of Ghana, told the story of the success of measures to reduce the country’s tobacco demand. But he also highlighted the challenges of taking swift action in low-income countries.
The head of the World Health Organization, Dr. “Non-communicable diseases, in addition to killing people’s lives, also cost the economy a lot and kill people’s lives in their most productive years,” said Tedros Adhanam Ghebrais.
He said that technical, financial and above all political commitment is required to meet these challenges.
He thanked Norway and Ghana for initiating the group on NCDs and the Global NCD Compact.