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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Experts draw up policy approaches to strengthening health systems to tackle NCDs

Experts from 7 Member States and WHO/Europe met in Madrid, Spain, on 9–10 November to hammer out key messages and policy approaches to strengthening health systems for improved prevention, treatment and care of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs).

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