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Launching of Jordan Non-Communicable Disease Alliance

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Participants at the launch of the Jordan NCD Alliance gather for a photographParticipants at the launch of the Jordan NCD Alliance gather for a photograph24 April 2017, Amman, Jordan – Under the Patronage of Her Royal Highness, Princess Ghida Talal, and with support from the Amman Chamber of Commerce, the Jordan Non-Communicable Disease Alliance was officially launched on 4 April. It was established by various non-profit civil society organizations, and is modelled on similar global and regional coalitions.

The Alliance aims to develop and encourage the work of the Ministry of Health and other health authorities in facing noncommunicable diseases and addressing their risk factors. It seeks to promote healthy behaviours and the adoption of healthy lifestyles by members of the community and to ensure genuine partnership among all sectors.

In a presentation delivered to members of the Alliance by Dr Heba Fouad, NCD Surveillance Officer, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean, outlining the global and regional burden of noncommunicable diseases and WHO’s response, Dr Fouad said “your interest and commitment to the fight against noncommunicable diseases is the most important message, as the Ministry of Health cannot work alone, it has to be a collaborative effort including all sectors, as prevention is better than a cure”

Noncommunicable diseases are the world’s biggest killers and a leading cause of death in the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region. Commonly known as chronic or lifestyle-related diseases, they include cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Every year, more than 1.7 million people in the Region die from these 4 main noncommunicable diseases alone, and yet many of these deaths could be prevented through simple lifestyle-related changes and cost-effective interventions implemented by national governments.

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Total population in thousands 10 053
Total expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 13.7
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 58
Primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 6.9
Life expectancy 74.3

Source: Framework for health information systems and core indicators for monitoring health situation and health system performance, 2018

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