Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which include cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic lung disease, are one of the 21st century’s greatest health and development challenges. Collectively, these chronic diseases are the leading cause of death in most regions of the world (except sub-Saharan Africa, where too they are expected to overtake mortality from infectious diseases by 2030). They cause two out of three deaths today, and by 2030 will cause five times as many deaths as HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria COMBINED.

For more information:

The NCD Alliance

WHO: Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Non-communicable Diseases

CDC: Non-communicable Diseases Around the World