World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that deaths from Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) are likely to increase globally by 17% over the next decade.

Launching its global report on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), “titled Saving Lives, Spending Less: A Strategic Response to Non-Communicable Diseases,” WHO warned that NCDs will cause 28 million additional deaths in Africa alone by 2030.

“NCDs represent the leading cause of death globally. WHO estimates that deaths from NCDs are likely to increase globally by 17% over the next decade, and that NCDs will cause 28 million additional deaths in Africa alone by 2030,” Global Health Strategies associate Whitney Mwangi.

Mwangi asked governments and donors in all countries to increase investment in NCDs, particularly in low- and lower-middle-income countries, where the NCD burden continues to rise and health systems are less resilient.

“For an additional US$ 1.27 per person per year we can save over 1,700 lives per day and reduce almost 15% of total premature mortality due to NCDs in low- and lower-middle-income countries between now and 2030,” said Mwangi. “We hope that you will join us tomorrow to learn more about the report and the global status of NCDs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any additional questions.”

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