Non-Communicable Diseases/Consequences-Europe & Globe

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Non-Communicable Diseases/Consequences-Europe & Globe

Led by the World Health Organization international leaders from 40 European nations ended a two day conference addressing global efforts to prevent and control the ever-increasing death toll of noncommunicable chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart and lung disease. The conference addressed the personal suffering as well as the impact of the diseases on economic development. WHO Regional Director Zsuzsanna Jakab said that these diseases are the main killers of million in the European region.

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Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director for Europe, World Health Organization:
“First of all let me say that noncommunicable diseases as we all know are the main killers in the European region. Just to take the cardiovascular diseases and cancer together, we lose seven million lives in the European region.”

Ala Alwan, Assistant Director-General, Noncommunicable diseases and mental health, World Health Organization:
“So we know have out of 58 million deaths occurring in the world every year. We have 35 millions caused by noncommunicable diseases; heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers and chronic lung diseases which represent 60 percent of all global deaths. And out of this, we have at least nine million people who are actually dying because of noncommunicable before the age of 60 years.”

Dr. Bjorn-Inge Larsen, Director-General, Norwegian Directorate of Health:
“Increasing levels of noncommunicable diseases along the lines increasing smoking in the poor world, increasing use of alcohol and really the epidemic of obesity and physical inactivity that we are really not dealing with in any country of the world just now. So it’s really a big problem, challenging the rise of the welfare nations across the global and I really hope that the Prime Ministers will use their chance well when they meet in September next year.”
7. Various shots, women participating in activities at the Norwegian Healthy Living Centre in Oslo

Ministers and officials from around 40 European countries today (26 November) ended a two-day consultation on global and regional efforts to prevent and control noncommunicable diseases, plus the economic and development impacts of cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and chronic lung diseases.

At the meeting, the World Heath Organization’s (WHO) Regional Director for Europe Zsuzsanna Jakab said noncommunicable diseases “are the main killers in the European region” and that “cardiovascular diseases and cancer together, we lose seven million lives in the European region.”

WHO’s Assistant Director-General for noncommunicable diseases and mental health Ala Alwan added that diseases such as “heart disease, stroke, diabetes, cancers and chronic lung diseases” cause 35 million out of the 58 million deaths occurring in the world every year.

The meeting, held in the Norwegian capital Oslo, was a critical step in Europe's build-up to next September's first-ever United Nations (UN) General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). It is the latest in a series of meetings being held in all regions of the world on the issue.

Globally, NCDs are heavily affecting developing countries; particularly the poorest, where weaker health systems, poverty and lower protections against such risk factors are seeing marked projected increases in prevalence of such diseases. In Africa, deaths from NCDs are expected in increase by around 25 percent by 2020.

Dr. Bjorn-Inge Larsen from the Norwegian Directorate of Health added that increasing levels of smoking, alcohol consumption as well as the “epidemic of obesity and physical inactivity” is becoming a big concern especially among the rising “welfare nations across the global.”

In Europe, NCDs annually account for more than 8 million deaths (over 80 percent of all deaths in the region), including 1.5 million people who died under the age of 60 years. Three out of four premature deaths from NCDs in the European region occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The challenge posed by NCDs is not one just for the health sector alone to tackle, but for all sectors to fight together, including foreign affairs, development cooperation, urban planning, finance, education and transport.


Language: English

Year of Production: 2010

Length: 2:30

Country: Norway


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