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bdnews24.com :
The Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (NCD Alliance) warns South Asian countries including Bangladesh about the "aggressive" spread of the diseases such as heart problems and diabetes affecting people mostly in younger age.
"What's really worrying that it's affecting the people of the region younger than the rest of the world," Katie Dain, chief executive officer, of NCD Alliance, told bdnews24.com in an interview in Mexico City ahead of the 48th Union's Conference on Lung Health in Guadalajara from Oct 11 to 14.
With about 15 percent of the total population diabetic, Mexico is one of the most NCDs burdened countries in the world.  Separate lanes for cycling and 10 percent tax on sugar-sweetened beverages are some of the measures the Latin American country has taken to prevent and control those diseases.
Katie Dain said South Asian countries including Bangladesh should be worried about the NCDs as it becomes number one killer now.
"Estimated 8.8 million deaths a year which is 64 percent of the mortality in the region are due to NCDs," she said.
"Around third of deaths actually occurring before the age of 60 which means that it is affecting people who are bread winners and in the years of the most productive year," she said, referring to the economic consequences of NCDs.
"They should be earning money for family but they are impacted by diabetes and cardiovascular diseases."
NCDs - mainly cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes - account for 68 percent of global mortality, or two out of every three deaths.
Those diseases were not been prioritized politically even 10 years back during the era of MDGs. NCDs were no longer in terms of health priority.
It is only less than 2 percent of the $22 billion development assistance used for NCDs during the MDGs regime.
There was no such collective forum to talk about all NCDs even before 2009 when the Alliance was formed by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF), joined the same year by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) and the World Heart Federation (WHF), and in 2010 by the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).
The Alliance brought the issue to the global stage. The new development agenda, SDGs, for 2O3O kept separate targets to prevent and control NCDs.
Katie Dain said, Bangladesh government is doing "some good works" to prevent and control NCDs with the national plan in hand.

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