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article imageASEAN launches new disease network

By Jody-Lan Castle     Apr 22, 2013 in Health
A group of influential healthcare professionals from around Southeast Asia are teaming together to tackle non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in the region.
Under the umbrella of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and with the support of Philips, the experts will conduct in-depth research on how innovative solutions can help reduce the number of deaths from NCDs.
They will look at case studies from Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, Burma, Singapore and the Philippines, focusing on the most effective innovations in NCD management.
Philips is also supporting the network by building a digital platform, enabling healthcare professionals within the ASEAN region to communicate easily and share research findings.
Dr. Jeremy Lim, from the National University of Singapore, is at the forefront of this research. He claims that around 80% of deaths are a result of NCDs in Singapore.
According to WHO research, almost two thirds of deaths in the world are caused by non-communicable diseases.
This group of diseases, which claims the lives of around 36 million people annually, is not contagious and usually develops slowly over a long period of time. Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, poor mental health and chronic respiratory diseases are included in this group.
The causes of NCDs are often very common and preventable, according to the UK Government.
80% of cases are preventable by reducing risk factors such as obesity, tobacco, poor diets, high cholesterol and high blood sugar levels, says the WHO.
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