Health systems response to NCDs

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death, disease and disability in the WHO European Region. The four major NCDs (cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases and diabetes) account for nearly 86% of deaths and 77% of the disease burden. These diseases put increasing strain on the well-being of the population, health systems working to treat patients, and overall economic development. Loss of economic productivity as a result of NCDs is significant: it has been estimated that for every 10% increase in NCD mortality, economic growth is reduced by 0.5%.

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Improving the lives of people with dementia and old-age depression

In a bid to improve the lives of people suffering from dementia and old-age depression, local authorities in parts of the WHO European Region have begun combining public health and various social services to better support the active and healthy ageing of their senior communities. On the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day on 21 September, we highlight an initiative in the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion (EMR).

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Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region

High-level regional meeting held 16–18 April 2018 in Sitges, Spain.

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Community action for health in Kyrgyzstan - hypertension detection

Community Action for Health (CAH) in Kyrgyzstan is a health promotion programme built on direct citizen participation.

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