WHO creates High-level Commission to tackle Non-Communicable Diseases
28 febrero 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) announced February 16th the creation of the Independent Global High Level Commission, to prevent and control the impact of  non-communicable diseases. The main objective of this group is to promote prevention and control strategies of NCDs. The Commission is composed of heads of state, ministers and leaders in health and development. The first meeting will take place March 2nd in Geneva. Latin America is represented by the President of Uruguay, Tabaré Vázquez, and the Minister of Health of Argentina, Adolfo Rubinstein.

The Commission will work on a document that contains recommendations on NCDs control strategies. It is expected to be finished in the coming months. Additionally, the group will give a presentation on health recommendations before the headquarters of the United Nations Assembly (UN), scheduled for the second half of this year.

The Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, explained that the Commission will operate until October 2019 and its main focus is the discussion of innovative solutions to detect and control Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) more quickly and effectively.

The Commission will be headed by Tabaré Vázquez, President of the Republic of Uruguay; Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka; Sauli Niinistö, President of Finland; Veronika Skvortsova, Minister of Health of Russia; and Sania Nishtar, renowned Pakistani cardiologist. Among the rest of the members are Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York, and Jack Ma, founder of the e-commerce company Alibaba.

Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez said that “NCDs are one of the biggest global threats and the world is not doing enough to prevent and control them.” Additionaly, Dr. Nishtar said: “While there has been limited progress in the treatment of NCDs, greater efforts are needed to protect communities.”

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