6th November 2014
Leading health charities call for action on prevention and condition management
A new report from the Richmond Group of leading health charities finds that the UK will fail to meet international commitments on reducing deaths from preventable diseases unless it prioritises the prevention of ill health.
The group of 10 charities, including the Neurological Alliance, calls for a national plan for health improvement, led by the Prime Minister, in order to meet the World Health Organisation’s target of reducing preventable deaths by 25% by 2025.
The report, entitled What is Preventing Progress?, highlights how tackling common risk factors such as inactivity, unhealthy diet and alcohol would drastically reduce the number of people affected by common diseases such as heart disease, cancer, lung disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma and stroke, while helping to prevent or delay the onset of conditions such as dementia.
The report also emphasises the importance of supporting with long term conditions to manage their condition, and reduce the risk of a life-threatening episode, condition progression or the development of other illnesses.