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Jakarta Post

Indonesia in ‘critical window’ for fighting NCDs

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, April 5 2019   /  12:41 am

With 11 years to go before the target date of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2030, Indonesia needs to pay more attention to tackling the major causes of non-communicable diseases (NCD), a prominent public health scholar has said.Speaking at a public lecture on Thursday, Christopher Murray, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), an independent global health research center at the University of Washington in the United States, said the major factors that contributed to the increased prevalence of NCDs in Indonesia were blood pressure, diet, blood sugar, obesity, tobacco and air pollution.“[Indonesia is] in a critical window now as we head toward 2030. By tackling the drivers of these NCDs, you can make a very substantial difference,” Murray told the audience at the 23rd Panglaykim memorial lecture hosted by the Panglaykim Foundation and Cen...