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19 October 2021


WHO Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2014

WHOBCDreport2014The Global Status Report on noncommunicable diseases 2014 published by the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for urgent government action as NCDs claim 16 million preventable deaths per year.

The report urges countries to set national targets and implement cost-effective actions, claiming that with an investment of only US$1-3 dollars per person per year, illness and death from NCDs can be dramatically reduced.

The report provides “best buy” or cost-effective, high-impact interventions recommended by WHO, including banning all forms of tobacco advertising, replacing trans fats with polyunsaturated fats, restricting or banning alcohol advertising, preventing heart attacks and strokes, promoting breastfeeding, implementing public awareness programmes on diet and physical activity, and preventing cervical cancer through screening. Many countries have already had success in implementing these interventions to meet global targets.

Click here to download the report.