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75th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

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75th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

Recently, the 75th Regional Committee session of the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia was held in Bhutan.

The session resolved to accelerate progress in the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including oral and eye care.

75th Session of the WHO Regional Committee for South-East Asia

Non-Communicable Diseases- NCD

  • Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) are medical conditions or diseases that are not spread by infectious agents.
  • Non-communicable diseases are also known as chronic diseases, as they are long-lasting and result from a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behavioral factors.
  • These diseases are chronic conditions that cause high levels of disability and death in children, adolescents and adults if left untreated.
  • NCDs include heart disease, cancer, diabetes, asthma etc.
  • According to the World Health Organization (WHO), these cause 71% of deaths globally.
  • The proportion of mortality due to NCDs in the African region ranges between 27-88%.

Measures taken by India to control NCDs

  • The National Cancer, Heart Disease, Diabetes and Stroke Control and Prevention Program (NPCDCS) is being run.
  • A National Action Plan with specific national goals and indicators has been adopted. It has been adopted in response to the WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs.

Source- The Hindu

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