World “sleepwalking” to preventable disease disaster: WHO

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A lack of activity significantly increases the risk of becoming sick with a non-communicable illness such as diabetes or stroke, WHO says. Photo: WHO

The world is "sleepwalking towards disaster" because of preventable illnesses such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, which kill 40 million people a year.

That's the message from World Health Organization Director-General Dr Margaret Chan, who's stepping down after 10 years in the post.

At WHO, the person leading the push against these so-called non-communicable diseases is Dr Doug Bettcher; he told Daniel Johnson what's at stake.

Duration: 4’14″

 

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