Each year, seven in 10 deaths globally are from non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mostly from tobacco and alcohol use, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.
WHO said while launching the Independent Global High-level Commission on NCDs that bold and innovative solutions were now on the table to accelerate the prevention and control of deadly NCDs.
The UN health agency said such non-communicable were heart and lung disease, cancers and diabetes.
Tabaré Vázquez, President of Uruguay and co-chair of new WHO high-profile panel said: “NCDs are the world’s leading avoidable killers.
“But the world is not doing enough to prevent and control them. We have to ask ourselves if we want to condemn future generations to dying too young and living lives of ill health and lost opportunity.
“The answer clearly is ‘no’. But there is so much we can do to safeguard and care for people.
“This is from protecting everyone from tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, and unhealthy foods and sugary drinks, to giving people the health services they need to stop NCDs in their tracks”.
According to the global health agency, more than 15 million people between 30 and 70 years old died annually from NCDs.
It added that low- and lower-middle income countries were increasingly affected – with half of premature deaths from NCDs occurring in those countries.