Report prompts call to action on non-communicable disease mortality


  • Mary Corcoran
  • Univadis Medical News
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Experts have warned that more than half of all countries are set to fail to reach the United Nations (UN) target to reduce premature deaths from cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease and diabetes by 2030. 

NCD Countdown 2030 is an independent annual monitor of progress on reducing the worldwide burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In its first report, the NCD Countdown 2030 collaborators present data on 186 countries and territories from World Health Organization data for 2016.

The report shows that people now have a higher risk of dying prematurely from NCDs than from communicable, maternal, perinatal, and nutritional conditions combined in all but around 20 countries. Globally, the lowest risks of NCD mortality were seen in high-income countries in Asia-Pacific, western Europe, Australasia and Canada, while the highest risks were observed in low-income and middle-income countries, particularly sub-Saharan Africa, and, for men, in central Asia and eastern Europe. 

The authors said a substantial reduction in NCD mortality requires policies that “considerably reduce tobacco and alcohol use and blood pressure, and equitable access to efficacious and high-quality preventive and curative care for acute and chronic NCDs.”

The publication of the report in the Lancet comes ahead of the third UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs which begins on 27 September.