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[Comment] Offline: Chronic diseases—the social justice issue of our time

It would be normal to be anxious at a meeting about chronic diseases. Even overwhelmed. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are many—cardiovascular, cancer, diabetes, respiratory, liver, renal, neurological. The list goes on. And then there are risk factors: tobacco, diet, physical inactivity, high blood pressure, air pollution. The context only adds to the complexity—rapid globalisation, urbanisation, an ageing society. If you were a minister of health amid this extraordinary diversity of challenges, where would you begin? Last week, WHO held a “dialogue” to discuss the Global Coordination Mechanism on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases.

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