The statistics prompted United Nations leaders to meet this week to discuss ways to curb the growing problem of NCDs in developing countries. The World Health Organization recommended a list of policies that should be adopted by all countries, a couple of which included excise taxes on alcohol and tobacco and legislating smoke-free workplaces and public areas. This is only the second time the United Nations has taken up a health issue, the first time was in 2001 for AIDS.
The meeting signals a sea change in global health. Infectious diseases such as HIV and malaria have long been the target of global health relief. Experts say that now non-communicable diseases have to be a part of international medical efforts.
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- Dr. Lawrence Corey: President and Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle
- Dr. Scott Rushing: Gynecologic Oncologist at Northwest Cancer Specialists in Vancouver