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Most countries will fail to meet targets on non-communicable diseases, says WHO

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h331 (Published 19 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h331
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Most countries are set to fail to meet global targets on tackling non-communicable diseases, a report by the World Health Organization has said.1 The report looks at progress made on targets set in 2013, two years after world leaders agreed to tackle this growing problem at a United Nations high level meeting.2 In 2013 the World Health Assembly adopted a monitoring framework with 25 indicators and nine voluntary global targets set for 2025.

However, in the latest report WHO said that while some countries were making progress, most were off course to meet the global targets on non-communicable disease. Progress remained “uneven and inadequate,” WHO warned, and the report highlighted “missed opportunities to strengthen governance, prevention and reduction of risk factors, health care, and surveillance and monitoring, particularly in …

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