LONDON The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday allocated a humanitarian and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg as a tellurian health envoy to assistance governments tackle ongoing diseases such as diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease.
Bloomberg, who has a lane record in open health policies such as tobacco control, soda taxes and damage prevention, will work with inhabitant and internal politicians to prominence a complicated mercantile and health weight of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), United Nations health group said.
WHO Director-General Margaret Chan pronounced Bloomberg’s appointment would capacitate governments to “strengthen a response together” to these “major open health challenges”.
NCDs and injuries are obliged for 43 million deaths any year, according to a WHO – roughly 80 percent of all deaths worldwide – though a most of a beforehand genocide and incapacity they means could be prevented with lifestyle-targeted measures.
Bloomberg’s purpose will be to inspire policies directed during shortening peoples’ bearing to a categorical risk factors – tobacco and ethanol use, diseased diets and miss of exercise.
WHO tellurian envoy roles are for an initial duration of dual years and are unpaid.
(Reporting by Kate Kelland; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)