Chronic diseases and health promotion

Quotes from the report team

Photo of Catherine Le Gales - Camus

Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus

Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health

"Without action, almost 400 million people will die from chronic diseases in the next 10 years. Many of these deaths will occur prematurely, affecting families, communities and countries alike."

"Premature deaths in countries like China, India and the Russian Federation are projected to cost billions of dollars over the next 10 years."


Dr Robert Beaglehole

Director, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion

“The real tragedy is that more hasn't been done to avoid this epidemic, as overweight and obesity, and their related chronic diseases, are largely preventable. Approximately 80% of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, and 40% of cancer could be avoided through healthy diet, regular physical activity and avoidance of tobacco use."

"Low-cost, simple approaches are the key to saving 36 million lives by 2015."


Dr JoAnne Epping-Jordan

Senior Programme Adviser, Chronic Diseases and Health Promotion

"There is simply no justification for chronic diseases to continue to take millions of lives prematurely each year when the understanding of how to prevent these deaths is available now."

"We must stop the global epidemic of chronic disease."

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