Comments on the First Draft Report of the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Non-Communicable DiseasesDerek Yach
May 18, 2018
Millions of people worldwide are affected by Non-Communicable Diseases (which include heart disease, lung diseases, mental illnesses, cancer, and diabetes), the burden of which is heaviest in high-income countries but is increasing in low- and middle-income countries. This burden becomes more visible as populations age and other causes of death and disease decline. The burden of NCDs is worsened by globalization of risk factors. The WHO Independent High-Level Commission on NCDs issued a draft first report on May 1st, 2018 on recommendations to Heads of State and Governments to implement policies to accelerate progress towards Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on the prevention and treatment of NCDs. The draft report policies call for the promotion of mental health and well-being. The actions proposed in the draft report are not sufficient to meet the NCDs-related SDGs.