WHO releases Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017 report

Sep 19, 2017 16:50 IST

The World Health Organisation (WHO) on 18 September 2017 released the  report titled Non-communicable Disease Progress Monitor 2017.

As per Progress Monitor 2017, governments must step up efforts to control Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) to meet globally agreed targets such as preventing the premature deaths of millions of people from these conditions.

Highlights of the report
• The report also states that limited national progress has been made in the fight against NCDs such as cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes.
• These NCDs are the world’s biggest killers and claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 to 70 years annually.
• Over 90 countries have set national targets to address NCDs, up from 59 in 2015.
• 94 countries have implemented operational multi-sectoral strategies to address NCDs, compared to 64 in 2015.
• 90 countries have developed guidelines for managing the four major NCDs, up from 50 in 2015.
• 100 countries have conducted physical activity awareness campaigns.
• Six countries have not achieved any of the progress indicators, compared to 14 in 2015. Five of the six countries are African.
• Costa Rica and Iran lead the 10 the best performing countries, with each achieving 15 of the 19 indicators, followed by Brazil, Bulgaria, Turkey and the United Kingdom (each 13); Finland, Norway, Saudi Arabia and Thailand (each 12).
• No country from the WHO Africa region achieved more than eight of the progress indicators.

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The report charts down the actions undertaken by countries to set targets, implement policies to address four main shared and modifiable NCD risk factors- tobacco, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol.

The Progress Monitor provides data on 19 indicators of WHO’s 194 Member States.

The indicators include setting time-bound targets to reduce NCD deaths; developing government policies to address NCDs; implementing key tobacco demand reduction measures, measures to reduce harmful use of alcohol; and strengthening health systems and universal health coverage.

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