Asian-African summit explores how to tackle rise in non-communicable diseases

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b547
  1. Henry Wasswa
  1. 1Kampala

    The incidence of non-communicable diseases, which are responsible for 60% of deaths worldwide, is growing rapidly in poor states in Africa and Asia, experts and policy makers have warned at an international health conference in Kampala.

    The worldwide number of people who are expected to die from chronic diseases will increase by about 17% in 20 years unless action is taken now, said delegates at the first Asian-Africa summit on chronic diseases.

    The two day conference, sponsored by the Aga Khan University and the World Health Organization, was attended by doctors, nurses, …

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