Chronic noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) cause the death of 38 million people in the world every year and even 16% of them occur before the age of 70. Cardiovascular diseases are the first cause of death among the NCDs, followed by cancer, respiratory diseases and diabetes. These four diseases account for 82% of all deaths from NCDs, while tobacco smoking, physical inactivity, alcohol abuse and unhealthy diet increase the risk of morbidity and mortality of these and all other NCDs.
Joint Action Plan for research of chronic diseases and promoting healthy ageing across the life cycle (JA-CHRODIS), as a part of the Third EU Health Programme 2014-2020, is a joint initiative of 25 European countries and 71 partners with the aim to identify, exchange and promote best practices and effective interventions in the area of chronic noncommunicable diseases as a contribution to efforts aimed at reducing the burden of chronic noncommunicable diseases and to contribute to the promotion of healthy living and active aging in Europe.
JA-CHRODIS final conference was held in Brussels on 27 and 28 February 2017. High representatives were present at the meeting, including the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis and Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director of WHO Europe, as well as numerous other high representatives of EU member states, experts and representatives of patients, who discussed the problem of chronic noncommunicable diseases and healthy aging, as well as ways to successfully apply the results of this European cooperation in the coming activities and in the future.