At the current rate, goals set by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce early deaths from diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) by 2030 will not be achieved, according to a new report from the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs. Also behind schedule are goals to reduce associated risk factors for these conditions by one-third globally, including obesity, tobacco use, mental health challenges, and air pollution.
This Commission, which was established by the WHO in October 2017, gathers comprehensive information about global health from several sources, including The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics. This latest report was issued ahead of the third United Nations High-Level Meeting on NCDs that is scheduled for September 2018 and contains six recommendations:
- Increase political leadership and responsibility
- Prioritize and scale up efforts
- Identify chronic care platforms within health systems and universal healthcare (UHC)
- Improve government regulation using a whole of society approach
- Increase program funding
- Establish accountability within government agencies and the private sector