Health action needed in Southeast Asia
New Swedish research concludes that governments in Southeast Asia need to take prompt action to fight a number of non-infectious diseases.
Dr. Nawi Ng of Umeå University worked with colleagues in Britain, New Zealand, and several Southeast Asian nations. They say 60 percent of deaths in the region are caused by chronic non-infectious diseases.
According to their report, death tolls are projected to increase in the near future under the increasing burden of risk factors like high blood pressure, obesity, unhealthy diets, and the lack of physical activity.
The study concludes that governments need to build strong and sustainable national programs to fight these diseases, and inaction will cost lives.
The research is published in the British medical journal The Lancet.