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Princess Haya Calls for Action to Protect Health in the Developing World
Date:2/24/2010

s women and teens to use tobacco while pressuring governments to block marketing restrictions and tax increases -- the same tactics it has used for decades to boost sales in developed countries," she said.

The Global Forum, which was opened by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the WHO, marked the first time key stakeholder groups have convened to address the large-scale and increasing global health and development burden posed by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). NCDs, mainly heart disease and stroke, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases claim more than 35 million lives each year, accounting for 60 percent of all deaths worldwide.

More than 80 percent of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where population sizes are high, access to high quality healthcare is often limited and health promotion programs are rare.

Princess Haya, a former Goodwill Ambassador for the World Food Programme, also highlighted the link between poor nutrition and obesity.

"Malnutrition and obesity may seem mutually exclusive, but, in fact, the two are linked by the
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