As the General Assembly gathers in New York this September 19-20, 2011, at the United Nations, the first ever summit on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) will be held. The summit, officially called the “High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases” will bring together global health leaders to discuss a strategy for addressing the four most common types of NCDs – cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Participants will discuss various ways to prevent deaths from these NCDs which share the common risk factors of tobacco use, unhealthy diets, physical inactivity, harmful use of alcohol as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol.
The matter comes to the attention of the UN as NCDs are claiming the lives of more than 35 million people worldwide each year, a figure which represents nearly two-thirds of the world’s deaths.
Christine Salimbene, Vice President & General Counsel
Ms. Salimbene joined MTBC in 2009 as General Counsel, Vice President and Company Secretary. She and her team focus on mitigating business risk and ensuring compliance with all legal requirements.