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Agenda Item: ” Addressing the Global Health Inequities Present in Treating Noncommunicable Diseases”
Summary of the Item
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are those that cannot be transmitted from one person to another. These include heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic lung disease. Despite the fact that NCDs have recently taken a backseat while the spotlight has been placed on communicable diseases such as COVID-19, NCDs are responsible for approximately 70% of deaths worldwide. Moreover, 82% of the 16 million individuals who die prematurely from an NCD dwell in low- and middle- income nations, thereby highlighting the significant health inequity present between nations. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has illustrated how vulnerable people with NCDs are to such diseases. In the face of such disparities between nations, delegates must find inclusive pathways to universal health coverage tackling NCDs through effective screening and treatment programs.