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04-09-2020 | Press Conferences

WHO Press conference NCD & Covid-19 04SEP2020



Addressing non-communicable diseases and COVID-19


The lack of protection against non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has left populations ill-equipped to fight COVID-19. Many countries have fallen behind in preventing, screening and treating (NCDs). Mounting evidence highlights the increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection for people living with NCDs. WHO and the United Nations are releasing  new documents highlighting ways governments can address NCDs in their COVID-19 recovery plans and reduce premature mortality.



·         Dr Bente Mikkelsen, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO (in the room)

·         Dr Nick Banatvala, Head of Secretariat, United Nations Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases (online)

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