Noncommunicable diseases and their risk factors

Michael Bloomberg receives WHO Medal

Bloomberg Philanthropies

New York, 2 May 2017 -- Honoring his years of service to public health, his commitment to fighting noncommunicable diseases, and his work to reduce preventable injuries, WHO Global Ambassador Michael Bloomberg was awarded the WHO Medal today during a drowning prevention convening led by his foundation.

Dealing with China's tobacco addiction

BEIJING, 14 April 2017 -- A ground-breaking WHO/UNDP report warns that 200 million lives will be lost in China this century if drastic steps are not taken to curb tobacco use. Launched recently, the report also outlines a comprehensive tobacco control policy package that can bring about enormous health and economic benefits to China.

Tobacco control: saving lives and driving development

WHO/Y. Shimizu

Geneva , 28 February 2017 - Tobacco use poses an unparalleled health and economic burden worldwide. But a new study by the US National Cancer Institute and WHO, titled The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Control, shows highly cost-effective measures exist to control the health and economic impacts of tobacco that pose no harm to economies and, in turn, save lives and generate financial gains for communities and governments.

Walk the Talk: WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative

Walk the Talk: a WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative
WHO

9 February 2017 -- ‘Walk the Talk: a WHO Healthy Work Place Initiative’ was launched at WHO headquarters and regional offices on the 19 January 2016. The initiative aims to promote healthy lifestyles in the workplace and reflects the commitment of WHO staff to set an example by following the recommendations set forward to Member States. A comprehensive strategy for a healthy workplace addresses a broad range of health issues, including physical activity, occupational health and safety and nutrition. The initiative is taken forward by the ‘Staff Health Safety and Wellbeing’ committee.

New report: Tobacco control can save billions of dollars and millions of lives

10 January 2017 -- Policies to control tobacco use, including tobacco tax and price increases, can generate significant government revenues for health and development work, according to The economics of tobacco and tobacco control from WHO and the National Cancer Institute of the United States of America. Such measures can also greatly reduce tobacco use and protect people’s health from the world’s leading killers, like cancers and heart disease. But left unchecked, the tobacco industry and the deadly impact of its products cost the world’s economies more than US$ 1 trillion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity.

9th Global Conference on Health Promotion, Shanghai 2016

Global leaders agree to promote health to achieve Sustainable Development Goals

23 November 2016 -- Leaders from governments and United Nations organizations, city chiefs and health experts from around the world today made two landmark commitments to promote public health – stressing the links between health and wellbeing and the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals – and to advance health through improved management of urban environments.

Taxing sugary drinks can reduce obesity, diabetes, and tooth decay

11 October 2016 – A new report from WHO finds that an increase of at least 20% in the retail price of sugary drinks will result in proportional reductions in consumption of sugary drinks. Furthermore, the report also finds that subsidies used to reduce retail prices of fresh fruits and vegetables by 10–30% can increase the consumption of fruit and vegetables.

The missing O: Scaling up tobacco cessation in India using mobile technology

3 October 2016 -- Quitting tobacco is difficult. But innovative measures to help people kick the habit, such as a mobile phone-based initiative in India, are vital to ending the tobacco epidemic.

In India every year, an estimated 1 million people die from tobacco-related illnesses, all of which could have been avoided by stopping tobacco use.


What is prevention of noncommunicable diseases?

Reducing the major risk factors for noncommunicable diseases – tobacco use, physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and the harmful use of alcohol – is the key focus of WHO’s work to prevent deaths from noncommunicable diseases. NCDs – primarily heart and lung diseases, cancers and diabetes – are the world’s largest killers, with an estimated 38 million deaths annually. Of these deaths, 16 million are premature (under 70 years of age). If we reduce the global impact of risk factors, we can go a long way to reducing the number of deaths worldwide.

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