WHO commission calls for urgent action against chronic diseases

Urgent action is needed to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders, according to a new <a href="http://www.who.int/ncds/management/time-to-deliver/en/&quot; target="_blank">report</a> from the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs).

Urgent action is needed to address chronic diseases and mental health disorders, according to a new <a href="http://www.who.int/ncds/management/time-to-deliver/en/&quot; target="_blank">report</a> from the World Health Organization (WHO) Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs). Cancer, diabetes, lung, and heart diseases take the lives of 41 million people a year, representing more than 70% all deaths worldwide. In its report, the commission makes six recommendations, calling for high-level political commitment and the immediate scaling up of efforts to address NCDs. When presenting the report to WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in Geneva, Tabar&#233; V&#225;zquez&#8212;president of Uruguay&#8212;urged world leaders to "redouble efforts" to attain the Sustainable Development Goals target to lower rates of premature death from NCDs by 33% by 2030 and to advocate for mental health and wellbeing. "Preserving and improving people's quality of life is a way of enhancing human dignity in order to make progress in terms of economic growth, social justice, and human coexistence," said V&#225;zquez. The U.N. General Assembly will host in September the Third High-Level Meeting on NCDs in New York, and the commission's report will help advise the WHO as it prepares for that forum.