non-communicable diseases cause nearly three-quarters of deaths

Cardiovascular illnesses
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Cardiovascular illnesses

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that non-communicable diseases are responsible for 17 million premature deaths each year. The group includes cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease. The organization has demanded urgent action from world leaders to tackle what it calls the world’s leading cause of death.

WHO data shows that non-communicable diseases account for nearly three-quarters of recorded deaths worldwide. Every year, 17 million people under the age of 70 die from this type of disease, 86% of whom live in low- and middle-income countries.

“The Covid pandemic has further aggravated the burden of non-communicable diseases by delaying and interrupting healthcare. During the first months of the pandemic, 75% of countries reported having interrupted essential services to combat non-communicable diseases due to confinement restrictions. [confinamento].”

WHO recalled that while all United Nations (UN) member countries have pledged to reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases by a third by 2030, few are currently on track to achieve the goal. objective.

“Urgent global efforts are needed to get back on track, meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and reduce premature deaths from non-communicable diseases,” the WHO concluded.

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