While Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) kill about 40 million people globally each year, accounting for 70 per cent of all deaths, the World Health Organisation has established a a high-level global commission on NCDs to identify innovative ways to curb them.

“We urgently need new approaches and action on a dramatically different scale if we are to stop people dying unnecessarily from noncommunicable diseases,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

“I am committed to engaging the very best people in the world to address our health challenges,” he said.

The commission is to be headed by Sania Nishtar, former Federal Minister of the Government of Pakistan.

NCDs include cardiovascular disease, cancers, diabetes and respiratory disease, as well as mental health issues and the impacts of violence and injuries.

About 15 million of the 40 million deaths are among people between the ages of 30 and 69. The Sustainable Development Goals has set a target to reduce premature deaths from the diseases by one third by 2030, in 2015.

Low- and middle-income countries account for more than 80 per cent of all deaths from NCDs, according to WHO.

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