Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Business as usual not an option for addressing NCDs

Government and NGO leaders from around the world are today convened in Montevideo, Uruguay for the WHO Global Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs).

The conference which will run until the 20th October, has been called in the face of slow progress towards global targets to reduce NCDs by 30% by 2030.

The World Stroke Organisation will be represented in Montevideo by Board Member Sheila Martins, who will add WSOs voice to the call for governments to stand by their commitments to SDG3 by addressing the policy and investment issues which are slowing progress on disease reduction.

There are fundamental conditions associated with all NCDs such as poverty, education, environment, human rights and strength of health systems which urgently need to be addressed. Along with our NCD Alliance partners we will be advocating for the development of coherent public health policies and health systems investments that will underpin prevention and improved and more equitable outcomes for stroke patients globally.

Our key message to governments is that urgent action is required to prevent stroke and other NCDs which limit human potential and financial resources available to support healthy communities. 90% of strokes are associated
with 10 modifiable risk factors that, if addressed, would support reduction of Alzheimers, heart disease, hypertension, cancers and diabetes all of which post major challenges to national and global health systems and economies. The time to act is now.

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