La Reunión de Alto Nivel de Naciones Unidas sobre Enfermedades No Transmisibles terminó este 20 de septiembre, con una declaración política sobre la prevención y el control de las enfermedades no transmisibles, que comprometió a los gobiernos a establecer metas mundiales de vigilancia de estas enfermedades y sus factores de riesgo, como el tabaquismo, el régimen alimentario poco saludable, la inactividad física y el consumo nocivo de bebidas alcohólicas.
PAHO/WHO report cites model efforts that can be replicated in both high- and lower-income countries
21 September 2011 - New York, (PAHO/WHO) - Countries in the Americas have pioneered effective ways to fight the growing epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), setting examples that other countries around the world can follow, says a new report released by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) this week during the historic U.N. summit on NCDs in New York.
21 September 2011 La Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas firmó un "compromiso histórico" para combatir al peor asesino de la humanidad: las enfermedades no transmisibles, que matan a 36 millones de personas cada año. (In Spanish)
Distintos estudios que examinan la relación entre el género y las enfermedades no transmisibles fueron motivo de análisis de expertos internacionales, el 20 de septiembre, en una de las conferencias que se realizan en Naciones Unidas al mismo tiempo que las autoridades participan en la Reunión de Alto Nivel sobre Enfermedades No Transmisibles. (In Spanish)
Heads of state from other regions pledge to share lessons, mobilize efforts to fight NCDs
20 September 2011 New York, (PAHO/WHO) — Heads of state and health leaders from the Caribbean reached out to their counterparts in other regions to urge stronger collaborative action against noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), as the United Nations General Assembly passed a historic resolution on the same subject this week.
19 September 2011 (WHO) Geneva / New York — The World Health Organization (WHO) welcomes the adoption today by the UN General Assembly of the political declaration on the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke, chronic respiratory disease and cancer which together kill some 36 million people each year. For the first time, global leaders have reached consensus in the General Assembly on concrete actions to tackle these diseases.
The High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases approved the policy statement this morning after the opening ceremony, where the main officials of the agency pointed to the importance of the meeting.
Prime Minister of Bahamas, Hubert Ingraham, spoke of the “epidemic” of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in his country, which put pressure on the country’s healthcare system. He emphasized the role of the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organization (WHO) in reducing the impact of these diseases. He called for an “increasing regional budget” to tackle these diseases and for better coordination on health. He also called for sharing of best industrial and business practices related to these diseases.
Strategies to prevent and treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease for just US$ 1.20 per person per year
18 September 2011 | New York | Geneva - A new WHO study reveals that low-income countries could introduce a core set of strategies to prevent and treat cancer, heart disease, diabetes and lung disease for just US$ 1.20 per person per year.
The Americas has been hit early and hard by the global NCD epidemic. Today, NCDs are the leading causes of death and disability, accounting for more than 3.9 million deaths annually, or 75% of all deaths throughout the region.1 Like other regions of the world, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes are the most common NCDs.
This report provides information required by countries to assess their situation in face of the growing threat posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).
“….The country profiles presented here reveal an enormous burden on mortality and alarming rates for risk factors like tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, raised blood pressure, overweight and obesity, raised cholesterol and raised blood glucose. However, there are also signs of positive improvement in some countries where health systems have been strengthened and population strategies have been effectively applied...”
“…With only four years remaining in which to achieve the key targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), most of the world’s Heads of State and Government came to the United Nations in September 2010 to take stock of progress made thus far. Despite significant setbacks owing to the 2008-2009 global economic crisis and surges in food and energy prices, it seems that the developing world as a whole will reach many of the MDGs.
However, some countries and regions are not on track to reach the goals and require intensified efforts to reduce poverty and child and maternal mortality rates and to improve access to drinking water and sanitation. The objective of MDG 8 is to assist all developing countries in achieving the goals through a strengthened global partnership for international development cooperation.
The present report describes how that partnership is producing significant results on many fronts, but notes that many important gaps between expectations and delivery remain…..”
Regional Office for the Americas of the World Health Organization