The first Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Non-Communicable Diseases Control (April 28-29), hosted by the World Health Organization and the Russian Federation, closed today in Moscow.
The goals of this conference – part of the build-up to the 19- 20 September 2011 United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on the Prevention and Control of NCDs – were to highlight the magnitude and socio-economic impact of NCDs: to review international experience in NCD prevention and control; and provide evidence on the pressing need to strengthen global and national initiatives to prevent NCDs.
As part of this effort, the World Health Organization released their first WHO Global Status Report on chronic diseases, providing updated information on the prevalence and impact of these diseases around the world. This report was released on April 27th, as part of a WHO global forum: addressing the challenge of non-communicable disease.
Recent WHO estimates predict that by 2030, NCD-related deaths in Africa, the Middle East, and South East Asia will grow by over 50%. Globally diabetes deaths will increase by two-thirds. More than 8 million of premature deaths are in developing countries, which are very vulnerable to NCDs.
Both of these events were attended by governments and health experts from around the world to help address the global health challenges posed by NCDs.
Webcasts from the global forum and ministerial conference can be viewed online.
For those on twitter, highlights of the conversation can be tracked by searching #NCDsMoscow, #NCDs or #noncommunicable.