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The prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) merit urgent attention by all stakeholders at national, regional and global levels (14 June 20011, Addis Ababa)

According to a WHO report non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of preventable morbidity and premature mortality, a development threat in all countries of the south-east Asia region. The prevention and control of NCDs merit urgent attention by all stakeholders at national, regional and global levels.

For too long, non-communicable diseases - cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory and diabetes - have been silent killers. As described by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, they represent a "public health emergency in slow motion". Progress to date on NCDs has been vastly inadequate and has resulted in the global catastrophe we find ourselves in today.

Based on this, EPHA conducted a consultative workshop on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). In his opening Ato Hailegnaw Eshete, Executive Director of EPHA said the objective of the event was to increase awareness of local journalists on NCDs.
“The consultative workshop will help inform journalists about the upcoming UN member states high level summit on NCDs,” said the Executive Director adding that the role of media serving as changing agent towards the growing burden of NCDs.
Ato Wondu Bekele, General Manager of Matheos Wondu Ye-Ethiopia Cancer Society and Global Cancer Ambassador for Ethiopia briefed journalists on “Why NCDs are becoming a top priority agenda?”
Ato Derejie Seyoum project coordinator of EPHA and Global Ambassador for Ethiopia presented expected outcomes of the United Nations High-Level Summit on NCDs.

Professionals in the public health sectors especially cardiologists, oncologist, chest units specialists, nephrologists, endocrinologist and health communicator gave brief on NCDs.

NCDs stand as a major barrier to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and with only four years remaining, urgent action is required to integrate NCDs into the global health and development approaches and priorities.