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Former three-time Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has been named Global Ambassador for Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and respiratory diseases are some of the main types of NCDs.
Each year, 16 million people die from these diseases before the age of 70.
Non-communicable diseases and injuries are responsible for 43 million deaths each year.
That’s almost 80 per cent of deaths worldwide.
Mr. Bloomberg has been working with WHO on tobacco control and injury prevention for the past decade.
As Global Ambassador, the former Mayor says he intends to “bring greater awareness and action to this solvable crisis”.