Noncommunicable Diseases

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Noncommunicable Diseases

We are making efforts to reduce premature deaths from NCDs through prevention, diagnostic and treatment.

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Noncommunicable diseases are recognized as a major global challenge in the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. Reducing the major risk factors of NCDs – primarily tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, harmful use of alcohol and physical inactivity – is the focus of the Foundation for the Prevention of NCDs.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide. Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths, and 82% of the 16 million people who died prematurely, or before reaching 70 years of age, occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The rise of NCDs has been driven by primarily four major risk factors: tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets.

The epidemic of NCDs poses devastating health consequences for individuals, families and communities, and threatens to overwhelm health systems. The socioeconomic costs associated with NCDs make the prevention and control of these diseases a major development imperative for the 21st century.

Jordi Vila, Director of the Antimicrobial Resistance Initiative

The growing number of drug-resistant bacteria poses an increasing threat to the effectiveness of existing antibiotics. Indeed, only 3 new antibiotics have received approval in the last 30 years


  • 71% Of all deaths are due to noncommunicable diseases (NCD)
  • 41 million People die every year because of noncommunicable diseases.
  • 3/4 Of deaths from NCD occur in low- and middle-income countries

The vast majority of premature deaths from NCDs occur in low- and middle-income countries, where universal health coverage or access to health care services is often limited. The development and promotion of universal health coverage is therefore essential in tackling NCDs and working to reduce the number of preventable global deaths.

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