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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Designing care together with and centred around people: July’s story

It is a grey and drizzly day in northern Belgium. Sharon Vandemaele drives up to her client July’s home, is met with a smile and invited into the living room, where a warm fire is blazing. On some days, July may choose to sit in her favourite corner on the sofa for this meeting. But today, July prefers to sit at her table, where, over a cup of coffee, they talk about how July is feeling, her health needs and any adjustments to her current care plan.

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

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