A joint Mission of the United Nations Interagency Task Force (UNIATF) is in Sri Lanka to assist the country to address preventable non-communicable diseases (NCDs).
In 2012, 75% of all deaths in Sri Lanka were due to non-communicable diseases. The four main NCDs are; cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes mellitus and chronic respiratory diseases.
The common risk factors are known and could be avoided: tobacco consumption, insufficient physical activity, use of alcohol and unhealthy diet.
The visit of the joint mission will take the form of a series of meetings with the UN country team as well as with high level officials of the Ministry of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine and other Ministries that are stakeholders to NCD prevention and control. Discussions will also be held with Civil Society Organizations, NGOs, private sector and academic institutions who are working on NCD prevention and control. (Colombo Gazette)