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The Commonwealth Pharmacists’ Association (CPA) has committed to combating non-communicable diseases in the Durban Declaration.
Non-communicable deaths include cardiovascular diseases, cancers,, diabetes, mental disorders, chronic respiratory diseases and haemoglobinopathies. Non-communicable deaths accounted for 63% of global deaths in 2008; 80% of these being in middle- and low-income countries and many of these deaths occur in the under-60’s, which affects economies as well as dependant families.
“The tragedy of the impact of non-communicable diseases is that many can be prevented or managed by lifestyle modification,” says Raymond Anderson, President of the CPA. “Tobacco use, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity are all risk factors linked too many of these diseases.”
Non-communicable disease management also requires access to appropriate medicines and experienced pharmacists as a part of healthcare. A recent CPA-hosted conference discussed the contribution of pharmacists in controlling such diseases, with policy implementation, regulations, collaborations and individual support recommended.