NCDs: Their Path to Global Dominance


Featured on the Global Health Council blog is a post on NCDs and its evolution to global dominance. Written by Lewis Holmes and Amy Kravitz at John Snow, Inc, a public health management consulting and research organization dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities throughout the world, the article describes how “declines in the morbidity and mortality of infection and malnutrition gave way to the emergence of hypertension, stroke, and coronary disease.”

The article goes into further detail: “Until very recently, NCDs were in the remote background of a global health agenda dominated by infectious and maternal/neonatal ailments in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC).  And in fact, globally deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional causes dropped from 34% in 1990 to 25% in 2010.  At the same time, however, NCDs have continued to increase and today account for almost two-thirds of deaths worldwide.  Cardiovascular disease alone is the leading cause of death with 80% of those deaths occurring in LMIC.”

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