The World Health Organization states that the probability of death from four main non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cancer, diabetes, heart and respiratory diseases in India is 26%.
In 2014, 60 per cent of the 9,816,000 deaths were on account of NCDs. In South-East Asia, the number of deaths due to NCDs stands at 8.5 million and is expected to grow. WHO has suggested “simple lifestyle changes and diet modifications” to prevent the NCDs.
As per the report, the death toll due to NCDs would mount to 52 million in 2030 from 38 million in 2012.
The WHO has recommended banning all forms of tobacco and alcohol advertising, reducing salt consumption, promoting breastfeeding, early detection and treatment of blood pressure and preventing cervical cancer through periodic screening.
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The WHO was established in 1948 and it’s Headquarters is Geneva, Switzerland.
The current head of WHO is Margaret Chan.
World Health Day is observed on April 7.
NCDs are the leading cause of death in the world (60%).
The five important factors of NCDs are raised blood pressure, raised cholesterol, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, and overweight.