UN health agency urges speeding up efforts on noncommunicable diseases

Without greater effort, the majority of countries will also fail to meet their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of reducing premature mortality from noncommunicable diseases by one-third. The findings come from the World Health Organization’s (WHO) global survey, “Assessing national capacity for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases”. “Countries, including some of the poorest, are showing it is feasible to make progress and reduce premature deaths from NCDs,” said Dr. Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General. Some countries have put measures into place protective measures, which include taxing tobacco and alcohol. “But that progress, particularly in low and middle-income countries, is insufficient and uneven,” Dr. Chestnov concluded. WHO based its findings on four time-bound commitments, such as whether countries set national NCD reduction targets or developed policies and plans for how to achieve those targets. To date, 60 per cent of countries have set national time-bound targets for NCDs indicators and 92 per cent have integrated them into national health plans. Among its recommendations, WHO suggests that greater attention be paid to policymaking in non-health sectors, such as trade and marketing of unhealthy or harmful products. read more

10 pains of online shopping that everyone will understand

first_img5. There are extra security hoops to jump throughThose three words that instil terror in the souls of online shoppers, ‘Verified by Visa’.Why can we never remember our password? Why does it insist on locking us out of our account JUST as we get to the top of the queue on Ticketmaster?6. Double addressesWe already entered our address. Now we need a billing address and a delivery address and it’s all the same because we only ever buy stuff for ourselves and why can’t you just accept that?7. UncertaintyOh dear God why hasn’t it confirmed.8. The delivery methodsFirst there are the hidden charges, then there’s the whole wait for the tracking information to be updated… mental torture.9. You’re bound to them for LIFEOr at least until you unsubscribe from their incessant mailing lists. The dreaded ‘recommended for you’ emails from Amazon and promotional newsletters that will tell you how to ‘keep cosy for Christmas’. We didn’t ask for this harrowing fate, it was inflicted upon us.Basically, this is your inbox every day. You can check out, but you can never leave.10. The waitThere’s nothing worse than the ‘surprise’ arrival of drunk purchases. Well, except the wait when we actually really want something. The whole point of shopping is that we get gratification NOW.Oh convenience and technological advancements, why do you take so much from us? Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen visited Santa together and sat on his knee>Best family ever cover We Can’t Stop to create brilliant Christmas card> ONLINE SHOPPING IS a massive pain. Sure, you can avoid the queues, do it in your pyjamas and easily compare prices.But still, the horror. Anyone who has ever cruised the vast realms of eCommerce can identify with these annoyances. Smug online shoppers, be no more.1. Navigating is a terrorUnless you know EXACTLY what you’re after, it’s a wild web out there.So many categories. So many links.2. Estimating sizes and converting sizesGrand so there’s S, L, XL, but what of it?! So XS is a 6, is that an american 6 or a UK 6? Why does it say Europe 28? Ireland is in Europe. Why are there so many measurements?Click into the sizing charts if you dare. IS THAT MY WAIST?3. Your basket isn’t actually there in front of youYou’re mid browse and you’ve pretty much forgotten the dozens of things your basket is telling you you’ve committed to buying. Clicking on it takes you to the payment zone aka the fifth circle of hell where escaping is not an option. Source: Shutterstock4. Reviews wreck all buzzes that ever buzzedWhile they can be a help, they can also hinder. Your heart is set on something and some lad named Dennis from Kentucky said it’s crap. What to do now?Might just pick up that book I wanted to read instead…last_img read more