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WHO: Cardiovascular Disease Up in Developing Countries

Sunday, 04 September 2005 12:00 AM

The federation says simple and cost-effective preventative measures can reduce death and disability from heart attacks and stroke by 50 percent. But, it says, these measures are not being taken because governments focus most of their attention on infectious diseases.

The federation says the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which aims to cut poverty in half by 2015, focus mainly on diseases, such as HIV-AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Ms. Voute says tackling infectious diseases is important, but chronic diseases must be addressed as well. "They must include heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases, such as diabetes, chronic lung disease and some cancers. They must be more inclusive of the diseases that the populations of these countries actually face. So, what we want to prevent from happening is an oversimplification. And what we call on Heads of State and the U.N. [to do] is to include the World Heart Federation and all its member organizations in this consultative process. We want to contribute. We want to help," she said.

The World Heart Federation blames the rise of cardiovascular disease in developing countries on urbanization. As people move into the cities, it says, they tend to eat less healthfully, engage in less physical activity and smoke more. As a consequence, it says, people get the diseases associated with these unhealthy life-styles.

The Federation says world leaders must recognize that good health is critical to reducing poverty, if they want the Millennium Development Goals to succeed.

(VOA News)

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