Addressing the Global Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases; Challenges of Achieving Global TargetsShanthi Mendis* and Oleg Chestnov
World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland
- *Corresponding Author:
- Dr. Shanthi Mendis
Director a.i, Department of Management of Noncommunicable Diseases
World Health Organization, Geneva 1211, Switzerland
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Received Date: August 29, 2013; Accepted Date: December 26, 2013; Published Date: December 28, 2013
Citation: Mendis S, Chestnov O (2013) Addressing the Global Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases; Challenges of Achieving Global Targets. J Hypertens 2:131. doi:10.4172/2167-1095.1000131
Copyright: © 2013 Mendis S, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Noncommunicable diseases (NCD) caused an estimated 36 million deaths in 2008. Recognizing that NCD are a global health and development priority, Heads of State and Government adopted the Political Declaration on NCD at the United Nations General Assembly in September 2011. The six objectives focus on international cooperation and advocacy, country led multisectoral response, risk factors and determinants, health systems and universal health coverage, research development and innovation and surveillance and monitoring. The overall aim of the action plan is to operationalize the commitments of the UN Political Declaration on Noncommunicable Diseases, building on what has already been initiated and achieved.