13 October 2015
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More than 36 million die annually from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such heart attacks and strokes, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease.

Professor Davis with Bo Norrving

Part of the UN’s new agenda for a healthier planet is a new target to reduce premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by one third before the year 2030. Representing the WSO, Professor Davis attended many of the events being held with key NCD partners.

"The UN’s vision of reducing premature mortality 30 per cent by 2030 is an achievable target," said Professor Stephen Davis. "It involves country-specific and monitored programs to tackle major causes such as obesity, reducing smoking, salt intake, excessive alcohol consumption, and increase physical activity and availability of cheap drugs for key risk factors such as hypertension."

"There is good evidence which suggests targets have played a strong part in significantly reducing the prevalence and burden of diseases such as polio, malaria and HIV over the past 15 years.

"Going forward it is crucial that we learn lessons and work across disease groups to address fundamental prevention and health system strengthening because this will bring benefits for everyone– including people at risk of stroke."

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