Representing WHPA at the Summit, the World Medical Association advocated for a complete approach to addressing the global rise in non-communicable diseases that links individual risk factors with social and economic determinants of health, conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age, and the influences of society. In particular, the WHPA urged Member States to:
- Adopt a holistic approach based on common risk factors.
- Extend the scope from a limited number of diseases to the broad field of NCDs
- Ensure equitable access to health care as a human right so as to address the dramatic disparities within and between countries.
- Promote a common approach that addresses and pays due attention to the link between non-communicable diseases and the social determinants of health, with a particular focus on the broader factors that influence behaviour and associated health risks.
- Emphasize primary health care as the way to strengthen health care systems through a comprehensive approach that integrates prevention, specialised treatment and rehabilitation supported by the enhancement of collaborative practice between healthcare professionals (integrated care).
You can access more information on the Summit on: www.who.int/nmh/events/un_ncd_summit2011/en/
And you can access more information on World Heart Day on the website of the World Heart Federation: www.world-heart-federation.org/
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