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UN Member States jeopardize international progress on non-communicable disease epidemic
Date:8/24/2011

that the EU statistics do not cover all disease of the liver in one category, e.g. alcohol abuse related deaths and liver cancer are treated separately. Therefore, the actual rate of deaths from liver diseases is certainly much higher than the statistics suggest.

And yet, says EASL, the NCD epidemic could be effectively addressed through the reduction of risk factors principally tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol as well as early detection and timely treatments.

"We have a unique and historic opportunity to change the course of this ticking time bomb and stop millions of people around the world suffering unnecessary pain and hardship", said Prof. Dominique-Charles Valla, EASL's EU Policy Councillor. "To do that, we need governments to agree and act on a common goal."

EASL is calling on the High Level Meeting to agree on:

  • An overarching goal to reduce preventable deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025
  • A clear timeline for tackling the epidemic of major NCDs, including liver disease
  • A set of specific, evidence-based targets and global indicators
  • A high-level collaborative initiative of governments and UN agencies with civil society to stimulate and assess progress.


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Contact: Margaret Walker
margaret.walker@easloffice.eu
41-799-461-549
European Association for the Study of the Liver
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