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.
The Foundation submitted comments to the Commissioners addressing NCDs, in which it made the following suggestions to accelerate the progress towards meeting SDGs.
Last but not least, one must consider the promotion of health through the work place. The incidence of poor MH outcomes, elevated healthcare expenditures, and lost productivity have been linked to low adherence to physical inactivity, poor diet harmful use of alcohol, and tobacco use. Companies are urged to maintain a smoke-free space and may be encouraged to provide medical benefits including preventive services such as tobacco cessation.
WHO Independent High-level Commission on NCDs:
Mission is to eliminate smoking worldwide by supporting cessation & harm reduction #research, and transitioning tobacco #farmers to alternative livelihoods.
In two years, the introduction of harm reduction products in #Japan has had a greater impact on smokers than over the last 30 years. Watch the video to learn about the current state of #smokingcessation and #harmreduction. http://bit.ly/2WiQkDs
Writing in @TheLancet, FSFW Data Analyst Yuchen Xue notes an oversight in the journal's account of occupational hazards in #China, namely, smoking in the workplace. Read more here: http://bit.ly/2UQRtDD
Derek Yach spoke at the @ForumAurora in #Armenia, where he noted, “I believe that in the next 10-15 years we will end up seeing lung cancer being managed like a chronic disease and no longer being a death sentence like it is today.” #CancerPreventionMonth http://bit.ly/39l7GVL
Life and health insurers are yet another group affected by smoking worldwide. Discover how insurance sectors have a unique opportunity to help end smoking globally and #AccelerateTransformation. http://bit.ly/38RKZrK
In addition to the falling prices of unmanufactured tobacco, smallholder farmers in #Malawi face another adversity: environmental degradation. Social anthropologist @axelklein2 probes into issues facing #AlternativeLivelihoods in a new blog piece: http://bit.ly/38mkBq5
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