non-communicable disease

Non-communicable diseases killing more people than ever before: UN health agency

Non-communicable diseases account for 7 of the world’s top 10 causes of death, a sharp increase from two decades ago, and heart disease remains the leading cause of death globally, a new UN World Health Organization (WHO) study has found. 

News in Brief 1 June 2020

  • Prevention and treatment of noncommunicable diseases ‘severely disrupted’
  • UN Women launches ‘shadow pandemic’ public awareness campaign
  • New Bangladeshi Goodwill Ambassador for World Food Programme
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COVID-19 disrupting services to treat non-communicable diseases, WHO survey finds

The fight against COVID-19 has severely disrupted services to prevent and treat cancer, diabetes, hypertension and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) which kill more than 40 million people each year, according to a new survey published on Monday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Four in five adolescents failing to exercise for even 60 minutes a day, UN health agency warns

An alarming lack of exercise among adolescents across the world risks seriously compromising their health into adulthood, the UN said on Thursday.
 

Under-fives' daily screen time should be kept to 60 minutes only, warns WHO

Toddlers should spend no more than 60 minutes passively watching a screen every day, while babies under 12 months should have none, to ensure that they grow up fit and well, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday, as part of a campaign to tackle the global obesity crisis. 

Chronic illnesses: UN stands up to stop 41 million avoidable deaths per year

“Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic lung disease, depression” – just some of the illnesses outlined by World Health Organization (WHO) chief Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, who drove home the danger by asking delegates to stand up, when they heard the name of an illness that had killed someone they loved: One by one, every single person in the room, got to their feet.

Alcohol abuse kills three million people a year, most of them men – WHO report

More one in 20 deaths in 2016 – 3 million people, mostly men – were caused by harmful use of alcohol, according a report released on Friday by the World Health Organization (WHO).

WHO announces $350 billion ‘reward’ for tackling chronic killers

Eight million lives or more could be saved between now and 2030 if the planet’s poorest countries spent a little over $1 dollar a day per person to combat chronic diseases, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Wednesday.

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WHO at 70: Stamping out disease, stepping up immunization, stopping outbreaks

Eradicating smallpox and stepping up immunizations to prevent malaria, polio and other global killers are just some of the accomplishments of the World Health Organization (WHO), which turned 70 this month.

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Community engagement key to tackling non-communicable diseases, says Assembly President

Broader community-based engagement is vital to tackling non-communicable diseases – such as cancer, cardiovascular disease and diabetes – which are one of the major challenges for development in the 21st century, the President of the United Nations General Assembly stressed today.