WHO Raises Alarm On Noncommunicable Diseases, Injuries
On average, life is 11 years shorter for a citizen in a country in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and Uzbekistan) than for his or her counterpart in a European Union (EU) country (Fig. 1), mainly owing to noncommunicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and injuries from traffic accidents.
For example, life expectancy at birth for men is 58 years in the Russian Federation: 20 years less than in Sweden and 13 years less than in Poland.
This trend could hamper economic growth and pose challenges to society and citizens alike, unless effective measures are adopted.