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World Medical Association to meet over non-communicable diseases

By Vicky Wandawa

Added 26th September 2018 02:45 PM

The president of the World Medical Association will on Thursday make a call to strengthen health care systems around the world based on physician-led primary care.

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Non-communicable diseases are increasing the bill and burden on already under-resourced health care systems.

The president of the World Medical Association will on Thursday make a call to strengthen health care systems around the world based on physician-led primary care.

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Physicians worldwide are treating an increasing number of complex non-communicable disease cases, according to Dr. Yoshitake Yokokura, the President of the World Medical Association (WMA).

The president of the World Medical Association will  on Thursday make a call to strengthen health care systems around the world based on physician-led primary care.

At a high-level United Nations General Assembly meeting in New York on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), Yokokura will welcome the political declaration which is expected to be adopted on the prevention and control of NCDs, with its emphasis on health care system strengthening and the link between NCDs and the social-economic and environmental determinants of health.

Dr. Yokokura regrets that the declaration does not include clear and measurable commitments.

Dr. Yokokura says the WMA is particularly concerned by the lack of specific commitments and targets for funding. The association is advocating for the inclusion of more NCDs to avoid a silo approach, which he says would be contradictory to the idea of health care system strengthening.

‘Health care professionals see first-hand the devastating impact of NCDs on patients and their families. Physicians are treating an increasing number of cases and are seeing more and more complex cases. NCDs are increasing the bill and burden on already under-resourced health care systems.

‘In the light of the expected increased demand for 18 million more health workers, primarily in low and lower middle-income countries by 2030, health care system strengthening is of the utmost importance to reduce the growing burden of NCDs’.

The WMA is calling for UN member states to use the momentum of the declaration to set ambitious country targets, to commit to additional funding for NCDs and to draw up policies and measures in country action plans which aim to support people already living with chronic conditions.

The World Medical Association is the independent confederation of national medical associations with 114 constituent members representing more than 10 million physicians.

Acting on behalf of patients and physicians, the WMA endeavours to achieve the highest possible standards of medical care, ethics, education and health-related human rights for all people.

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