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WHO calls for 2% reduction a year in chronic disease mortality

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 06 October 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:798
  1. John Zarocostas
  1. Geneva

    The World Health Organization has called on governments to mount a serious response to the looming “invisible” global epidemic of chronic disease.

    To ensure that sustained actions are taken worldwide, WHO has set out, in a report published this week, a new target to reduce the death rate from chronic disease by 2% each year until 2015.

    This would prevent 36 million deaths—mostly in poor and middle income countries—from chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory diseases, and diabetes.

    Of the estimated 58 million people who will die in 2005 about …

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