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WHO agrees to set up body to act on non-communicable diseases

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 29 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3483
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Health officials from 194 countries have agreed a global action plan on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases.

On the last day of the 2013 annual meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA)—the governing body of the World Health Organization, delegates agreed nine targets and 25 indicators on reducing risk factors associated with the four main non-communicable diseases: cardiovascular disease, lung disease, cancer, and diabetes. The targets, to be met by 2025, include: a 10% reduction in the harmful use of alcohol, at least 50% of people at risk of heart attack and stroke to receive drug therapy and counselling, and relevant basic technologies …

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