Health topics

Noncommunicable diseases


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), principally cardiovascular diseases, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, impose a major and growing burden on health and development in the Western Pacific Region.

NCDs are the leading causes of death and disability in the Region, responsible for 80% of all deaths in a region that is home to more than one quarter of the world’s population. Globally, NCD deaths are projected to increase by 15% between 2010 and 2020 (to 44 million deaths), with the highest numbers predicted in the Western Pacific (12.3 million deaths) and South-East Asia (10.4 million deaths) Regions. Of particular concern is the high level of premature mortality from NCDs (deaths before 70 years of age) in several low- and middle-income countries (LMIC).

This page provides links to publications and reports, news and events, as well as contacts and cooperating partners working on this topic in the Region. Also shown are links to related web sites.