Profound changes in lifestyle, diets, and access to health care are taking place across the developing world. Higher income is commonly considered to lead to improved health, yet it also leads to increased incidence of noncommunicable diseases. In developing countries, these often affect working adults more than in developed nations. In this meeting, health experts offer analysis and recommendations regarding these trends.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published this 2008-2013 Action Plan for the Global Strategy for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases in 2009. The strategy led to the First Global Ministerial Conference on Healthy Lifestyles and Noncommunicable Disease Control on April 28-29, 2014.
This September the United Nations will convene a high level summit on prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes. Please join us for a discussion on the extent and source of the NCD problem, and the goals of the upcoming summit.
Global health needs are changing. A new set of global health challenges, from diabetes, cancer, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to traffic injuries, are overtaking infectious diseases as major causes of premature disability and death worldwide. Please join us for a discussion of these new global health challenges arising in low- and middle-income countries and the scalable, practical strategies that can help address them.
Developing Symptoms: Noncommunicable Diseases Go Global, by Thomas Bollyky, Foreign Affairs, May/June 2012
The report of the CFR–sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs) assesses the NCD crisis in developing countries and recommends a practical and scalable strategy for intervention. The Task Force finds that leadership on this new emerging global health crisis is vital to U.S. interests—in improved global health, in increased trade and development, and in U.S. standing in the world.
Independent Task Force reports are consensus documents that offer analysis and policy prescriptions for major U.S. foreign policy issues facing the United States, developed through private and nonpartisan deliberations among a diverse and distinguished group of experts.
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