GSO Commentary — Global targets and indicators for non-communicable diseases

We were pleased to be included in a discussion of the global targets and indicators and expectations for the World Health Assembly on non-communicable diseases hosted by the US Mission, in cooperation with the Kenya Mission and the International Union for Cancer Control.  See a report here.   The occasion was in honor of Dr. John Seffrin, CEO of the American Cancer Society, but it also had Princess Dina of Jordan as another of the honored guests.  The WHO is engaging in a series of consultations about the five proposed targets to reduce global mortality (by NCDs for people aged 30 to 70), tobacco use, hypertension, salt and physical inactivity.  Participants expressed support for more targets (preferably ten for starters), including targets on access to palliative care and to basic technologies and medicines.  The GSO will also attend one of the WHO consultations this week and will host a Colloquium Event on the risk factors associated with NCDs on 20 May.