Health Assembly wants to reduce deaths from world's leading killer diseasesListen /
Health ministers meeting in Geneva have agreed to take action to reduce premature deaths from the world's leading killer diseases.
If their decision is adopted by the World Health Assembly, countries will move to cut deaths from heart disease, diabetes, cancer and other non-communicable diseases, by 25 per cent over the next 12 years.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for 63 per cent of all deaths worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).
Dianne Penn reports