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Noncommunicable diseases now ‘top killers globally’ – UN health agency report

Together they account for nearly three-quarters of deaths in the world, taking 41 million lives every year. 

Report assets

The report and new data portal, was launched on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly, at an event co-organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) together with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
Chief among them are cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke; cancer; and diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – as well as mental health illnesses.
The portal spotlights patterns and trends throughout countries and allows comparison across nations and/or within geographical regions.
Moreover, it allows data exploration on cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases along with their main drivers and risk factors, which include tobacco, unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol and lack of physical activity. 
NCDs constitute one of the greatest health and development challenges of this century, according to WHO.

Country-specific portal

It also shows cost-effective and globally applicable interventions that can lower those numbers and save lives and money.
Sharing the latest country-specific data, risk factors and policy implementation for 194 countries, the NCD data portal brings the numbers in the report to life. 
The report, Invisible numbers: The true extent of noncommunicable diseases and what to do about them, highlights NCDs statistics to illustrate the true scale of the threats and risk factors they pose. 

Important timing

To date, only a handful of countries are on track to meet the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target of reducing early deaths from NCDs by a third.  


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