UNDP chief calls for ‘permanent’ focus on NCDs
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The way U.N. Development Program Administrator Helen Clark sees the future, the fight against noncommunicable diseases can only be won by making sure it is on everyone’s agenda.
“By placing NCDs permanently on the global development agenda, people’s lives, opportunities, and future prospects will improve – thereby advancing sustainable human development overall,” Clark said Feb. 11 at the London launch of an NCD-themed edition of The Lancet magazine, which takes stock of international efforts to reduce NCD prevalence since a landmark 2011 gathering of experts on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.
In broad strokes, Clark outlined the development community’s role in reducing NCD-related deaths 25 percent by 2025. The most common NCDs are heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes.
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