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WHO: 3.7 million lives could be saved by 2025 if nutrition actions supported

05.09.2019 13:11 "Agro Perspectiva" (Kyiv) If governments boost their focus on healthier eating, 3.7 million deaths could be prevented by the year 2025, UN Radio says referring to the World Health Organizations (WHO) latest report Essential Nutrition Actions: mainstreaming nutrition throughout the life course. It is to be admitted, stresses the role of primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage and contains latest guidelines on improving nutrition. In meanwhile, while commenting on the report, Dr. Naoko Yamamoto, WHO Assistant Director-General at WHO said in order to achieve coverage for all, «nutrition should be positioned as one of the cornerstones of essential health packages». As to the report, in addition to helping countries achieve health care for all, stepping up nutrition actions could help boost economies, «with every US$1 spent by donors on basic nutrition programmes, returning US$16 to the local economy». Meanwhile obesity levels continue to rise, jumping from 4.8 to 5.9 percent, for children between 1990 and 2018; an increase of nine million. When adults are accounted for, 13 per cent of the worlds population are considered obese, with numbers rising in nearly every country and region.Health issues stemming from poor nourishment have seen improvements in some respects, with a global decline in stunting, for example, between 1990 and 2018 from 39.2 to 21.9 per cent, among children under-five. It is to be admitted, this year Sept 23, alongside the Secretary General Climate Action Summit, a high-level meeting is set to take place on the topic of Universal Health Coverage (UHC). In the lead-up to the General Assembly high-level week, WHO and partners will publish the latest version of the Global Monitoring Report on UHC, following global leaders 2015 pledge to achieving health for all by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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