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Healthy Caribbean Coalition - Caribbean Nations Push for Resolution to Address Non-Communicable Diseases

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Europa Newswire, February 5, 2010, By Amy Lieberman.

UNITED NATIONS – Non-Communicable, or transferable, diseases, like diabetes and cancer, account for more than 60 percent of the global deaths, 40 percent of which are premature, yet no international resolution or convention recognizes this growing trend.

Caribbean Nations Push for Resolution

The Caribbean Community Initiative on Non-Communicable Diseases, or CARICOM, is now appealing to member nations – and soon, to the General Assembly as a whole – with a resolution that will unite nations in the fight against non-communicable diseases, which have a direct link to not only people’s health, but also to social and economic development.

“Non-communicable diseases are an epidemic that is increasing in all parts of the world, including developing countries, having a negative impact on their social and economic development,” said Ala Alwan, Assistant Director -General of the World Health Organization, at a United Nations Secretariat press briefing this afternoon. “The major problem that many countries face is that the prevention and control is non-communicable diseases is not integrated into the global development agenda.”

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