Non Communicable Diseases

UN agency raises awareness of heart disease risk factors on World Heart Day

The United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Heart Federation are today staging awareness events in more than 100 countries to highlight risk factors associated with heart disease, which claims the lives of more than 17 million people every year.

Pacific island leaders call at UN for greater efforts against lifestyle-related diseases

Lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are taking an enormous toll in human health and economic development on the Pacific islands, the leaders of two countries in the region told the United Nations today, calling for accelerated efforts to defeat the problem.

UN gathering on non-communicable diseases considers ways to combat scourge

Delegates at a United Nations high-level conference on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) today considered strategies to combat the preventable, mostly lifestyle- and diet-related illnesses that have become major killers across the world.

UN launches global campaign to curb death toll from non-communicable diseases

The United Nations today launched an all-out attack on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer and diabetes with a summit meeting devoted to curbing the factors, like tobacco and alcohol use, behind the often preventable scourge that causes 63 per cent of all deaths.

General Assembly President urges greater use of mobile technologies in health

The rapid expansion in the use of information and communications technologies in developing countries provides them with a crucial tool to prevent and control diseases, the President of the General Assembly said today, urging leaders to promote the application of digital technologies in health.

World leaders must take binding steps to curb unhealthy food industry – UN expert

A United Nations human rights expert today called for taxing unhealthy food, regulating harmful marketing practices and standing up to the food industry, urging world leaders not to miss the chance at a summit next week to end a state of affairs that kills nearly 3 million adults each year.