NCDs or noncommunicable diseases ranging from heart disease to diabetes and cancer are outnumbering infectious diseases as the top killers on a global scale. This is what the UN health agency said in its latest report.
WHO and Bloomberg Philanthropies event
The report and the new data portal were launched on the sidelines of the 77th session of the General Assembly at an event co-organized by the WHO with Bloomberg Philanthropies.
The official website of the UN notes that NCDs constitute one of the greatest health and development challenges of this century, according to WHO.
The most important ones among them are cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease and stroke; cancer; and diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases – as well as mental health illnesses.
It’s also worth noting the fact that together they account for nearly three-quarters of deaths in the world, taking 41 million lives every year.
The report is called, Invisible numbers: The true extent of noncommunicable diseases and what to do about them, and it highlights NCDs statistics to illustrate the true scale of the threats and risk factors they pose.
“This report is a reminder of the true scale of the threat posed by NCDs and their risk factors,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Patterns and trends throughout countries
It’s also worth noting the fact that this aforementioned portal spotlights patterns and trends throughout countries. More than that, it also allows comparison across nations and/or within geographical regions.
“There are cost-effective and globally applicable NCD interventions that every country, no matter its income level, can and should be using and benefitting from – saving lives and saving money,” said Tedros.
“It is a misconception” that they are “diseases of high-income countries,” said Bente Mikkelsen, WHO’s Director of Noncommunicable Disease. It’s also important that he added that a full 85 percent of all premature deaths happen in low and middle-income countries.