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2012 in review: key health issues

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Countries agree on framework to monitor noncommunicable diseases

The first ever global monitoring framework to combat noncommunicable diseases was agreed by WHO Member States on 9 November. It aims to focus global efforts by assessing progress in reducing illness and death due to heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease; measuring reductions in exposure to risk factors like tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity; and monitoring national health systems’ responses to these killers.

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