On September 21, the World Health Organization (WHO), released its latest report on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) and the risk factors for each of them at a meeting organized in collaboration with Bloomberg Philanthropies. The presentation took place within the framework of the general assembly of the United Nations. At the meeting, the heads of state have promised to take measures to prevent these ailments. If they do it right, it is estimated that they could save 50 million people of dying from these causes in the next eight years.
NCDs are one of the greatest health and development challenges of this century, they said. Above all, cardiovascular diseases (heart disease -heart disease- and stroke), cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases are the ones that claim the most lives each year, along with mental health disturbances. Combined, they are behind nearly three-quarters of all deaths on the planet. They kill 41 million people each year, the organization has warned.
The report ‘Invisible numbers: The true extent of disease noncommunicable diseases and what to do about them’ brings to light the figures of the NCD and remember the true scale of this threat to health, in addition to pointing out the risk factors for each of them. He also proposes a series of cost-effective measures that can be put in place around the world to change that reality, save lives and save healthcare systems millions.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, has presented the document and has entrusted Michael R. Bloomberg for two more years with the task of serving as the WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries.
It has also announced the launch of an information portal on the internet which, for the first time, brings together all the data compiled by the organization on these diseases in 194 countries. The report and the portal highlight the enormous magnitude of the burden of these diseases, their risk factors and the progress that each country is making to address them.
Every two seconds, somewhere in the world, a person under the age of 70 dies as a result of an NCD. The CEO has stated: “This report reveals the true magnitude of the threat posed by NCDs and their risk factors. We know that there are cost-effective interventions to combat these diseases that can be applied globally and can be applied by all countries, regardless of income level, to save lives and money.”
A new international Gallup poll, commissioned by the WHO and Bloomberg Philanthropies, It shows that the population is not very aware of the pernicious effects of risk factors for non-communicable diseases, such as tobacco and alcohol consumption, inadequate nutrition and lack of physical activity.
However, it also shows that the majority of respondents in all countries are in favor of implementing many of the proven interventions and policies that can reduce NCD mortality figures, such as increasing green spaces to improve health in urban areas and higher tobacco taxes.
Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, said at the meeting: “As we continue to face the pandemic and prepare for the next one, we have realized the critical importance of fighting non-communicable diseases. , which are one of the main risk factors for hospitalization and death by COVID-19. NCDs such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic lung disease and cancer kill scores of people inadvertently, but can often be prevented by investing in cost-effective and proven interventions. I hope to continue collaborating with Dr. Tedros and with the WHO to invest with the aim of saving the lives of thousands of people”.