New WHO Report Examines Leading Causes Of Death In Cities, Highlights Areas For Government Action

WHO: New WHO report to bolster efforts to tackle leading causes of urban deaths
“A new report by the World Health Organization offers guidance and tools for urban leaders to tackle some of the leading causes of death in cities. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) — like heart disease, stroke, cancer, and diabetes — kill 41 million people worldwide every year, and road traffic crashes kill 1.35 million. … The report, titled ‘The Power of Cities: Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases and Road Traffic Injuries’ is geared towards mayors, local government officials, and city policy planners. Funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, it highlights key areas where city leaders can tackle the drivers of NCDs, including tobacco use, air pollution, poor diets, and lack of exercise, and improve road safety…” (10/31).