More than half of all countries will fail to meet the UN target of reducing premature deaths from chronic diseases by a third before 2030, researchers said on Friday.
According to their research, only in 2016 12.5 million people aged between 30 and 70 died of cancer, heart, and blood vessel disease, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disease.
“A set of commitments were made, and most countries are not going to meet them,” The main researcher Majid Ezzati, a professor at Imperial School London’s School of Public Health, told AFP.
Only 35 countries are on their way to meet UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 — launched in 2015 — for women, and even less for men, the study revealed.
The study also mentioned that the International donors and national governments are doing very little to reduce deaths from non-communicable diseases.
Ezzati, however, mentioned that the most countries are at least working in the right direction which is a good news.
Surprisingly The United States of America was also among the list of countries which are not likely to meet the criteria.
The researchers also quoted a research from last year published in the American Journal of Public Health which shows that the rise in premature deaths was particularly common among white, rural Americans.
“It comes down to weak public health, weak health care system, high levels of inequality,” Ezzati said.
South Korea, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia ranked among the top ten countries for the lowest NCD mortality rates for both men and women.
Spain, Singapore, Portugal, Italy, Finland, and France scored well for good health podium for women.
While Iceland, Sweden, Norway, Bahrain, Canada, and New Zealand got higher scores for men’s health.
The United States of America ranked 53rd for men and 44th for women. On the other end, China got 80th rank for men and 76th for women.
The report specially mentioned that China is not on the right track to meet the goal but its NCD rates are decreasing but the levels of obesity and high blood pressure are increasing.
In sub-Saharan Africa, non-communicable diseases claim lesser lives than infectious diseases such as AIDS and tuberculosis.
The researchers warned that their NCD mortality rates are still much higher than in most middle-income and rich countries. Therefore, those must not be neglected.