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Non-communicable diseases: The unrecognised public health threat

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Date:Sep 19, 2011

Health is rarely the topic of discussion at the UN general assembly. But starting September 19, the UN began a high-level meeting to debate a strategy to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

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'Lifestyle' diseases spur UN to act

Health is rarely the topic of discussion at the UN general assembly. But starting September 19, the UN began a high-level meeting to debate a strategy to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This is the second time that the world body is calling a meeting on health. More than a decade ago, the adverse economic impact of HIV/AIDS galvanised it to find ways to fund, prevent and treat the killer disease. The current meeting will focus on four non-communicable diseases—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases and diabetes. These are now health problems of similar proportions
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Jyotsna Govil   Pankaj Chaturvedi  
Honorary additional secretary, Indian Cancer Society   Associate Professor, head and neck department, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai  
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Monika Arora   Arun Gupta  
Head, tobacco control and health promotion, Public Health Foundation of India   Convener, Alliance Against Conflict of Interest (AACI), Member, Prime Minister's Council on India's Nutrition Challenges  
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Leena Menghaney   Sandeep P. Kishore  
MSF - Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines   Medical Scientist Training Program Fellow Weill Cornell / The Rockefeller University / Sloan-Kettering Institute  
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World Statistics NCD

Low and middle income group countries are more at risk of NCDs. Lack of access to treatment is a problem here.Developed countries too are are at risk but at least they have options. A round up of disease prevalence and risk factors:
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The environment we live in make us susceptible to many of the non-communicable diseases. These include air pollution, toxins and diet. Down To Earth has regularly reported on these issues through the years. Some selected articles:

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