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WHO Press Conference
Date: 16 May 2018
15:00 - 15:45
Organization: WHO
Location: Room III
Subject: Launch of first WHO report on the costs and gains of investing in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases



Launch of first WHO report on the costs and gains of investing in prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases.


WHO is issuing a new report that details for the first time actual economic and health gains in the world’s low- and lower-middle-income countries by 2030 through costed measures to prevent and treat noncommunicable diseases, like heart diseases and cancer.

This important report, produced by leading global experts in health, economics and development, also details the return on investment that countries can generate if they invest extremely modest amounts per capita to address NCDs, including by taxing tobacco and alcohol, cutting salt consumption by reformulating food products, drug therapy and counselling patients, vaccinating girls aged 9-13 years against human papillomavirus and screening women aged 30-49 years for cervical cancer.
  • Dr Douglas Bettcher, Director of WHO's Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases
  • Dr Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention
  • Dr Kelly Henning, Bloomberg Philanthropies (dialing in from New York)
  • Dr Melanie Bertram, Technical Officer, WHO Department for Health Systems, Governance and Financing

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