non-communicable disease

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).

News in Brief 04 June 2018

  • World Health Organization (WHO) Global action plan promotes exercise in move to fight disease
  • UN agency, IAEA, ready to play role in North Korea nuclear verification
  • UN expert, Philip Alston, chides Trump administration’s “systematic assault” on welfare
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News in Brief 01 June 2018

  • UNHCR alarm over deadly detention centre escape in Libya
  • South Sudan faces dire hunger levels ahead of lean season: WFP
  • WHO chief backs call for world leaders to ‘redouble efforts’ on chronic diseases
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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.

On World Cancer Day, UN nuclear watchdog urges better detection in developing world

Early detection and modern treatment methods are crucial in reducing the millions of annual global deaths caused by cancer, the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced today, underscoring its ramped-up efforts in providing the developing world with vital screening and therapy programmes.

Survey by UN health agency shows major gaps in cancer control and care

Ahead of World Cancer Day, the United Nations health agency today launched a survey showing that more than half of all countries are struggling to prevent cancer and to provide appropriate long-term treatment and care to avoid human suffering and protect countries’ social and economic development.