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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Bringing health services closer to people in Kyrgyzstan

Kyzylgul is a 57-year-old grandmother of 6. She lives in the place where she was born and grew up – Jyrgalan village, located in a mountainous area more than 450 kilometres from Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

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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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Health Systems Respond to NCDs: Experience in the European Region

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