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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Agencies push for inclusion of non-communicable diseases in global health agenda

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MediaGlobal, February 11, 2010, By Ryan Dicovitsky

GlobalMedia

11 February 2010 [MediaGlobal]: When the international community adopted the Millennium Development Goals in 2000, the chief health focus was on diseases that affect young children and women.

The goals, commonly known as the MDGs, sought to eradicate poverty and halt the spread of deadly communicable diseases such as HIV/AIDS and malaria. Despite the momentous dedication of the international community to the MDGs, a wide array of non-communicable diseases was completely left out of the new development agenda.

In response to the increasing prevalence of noncommunicable diseases, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes, international organizations are beginning to call for changes to the global health paradigm.

The Caribbean Community of states (CARICOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have announced their intention to introduce a United Nations General Assembly resolution that would encourage United Nations agencies to work together to eliminate non-communicable diseases, which are responsible for 60 percent of all global deaths.

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