Non-Communicable Diseases/FEB 2016
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), mainly diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancers and chronic respiratory diseases are the largest killers accounting for 68% of deaths worldwide. Nearly 80% of NCD deaths – 30 million – occur in low-, middle- and non-OECD high-income countries, where NCDs are fast replacing infectious diseases and malnutrition as the leading causes of disease and premature death1 . Apart from their obvious threat to the health of individuals, NCDs result in loss of productivity and income. NCDs are a serious threat to the global development agenda.