Data deficit mars African control of lifestyle diseases

African efforts to tackle the rising threat of cancer, diabetes and other non-communicable diseases is being hampered by a chronic lack of information, a WHO meeting has heard.

According to the WHO Africa region, deaths from these non-communicable diseases (NCDs) increased from 2.4 million in 2005 to 3.1 million in 2015.

The WHO adds that cancer, diabetes and other lifestyle-related diseases are on the rise because of sedentary lifestyles, tobacco use, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

“Information on NCDs is often incomplete and unreliable and is not available in a timely manner”

Steven Shongwe, WHO Regional Office for Africa

Steven Shongwe, the acting director of the WHO Regional Office for Africa’s department for tackling lifestyle-related diseases,…

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