Noncommunicable diseases

A relatively small group of health conditions is responsible for a large part of the disease burden in Europe. Of the six WHO regions, the European Region is the most affected by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and their growth is startling. The impact of the major NCDs (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders) is equally alarming: taken together, these five conditions account for an estimated 86% of the deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the Region. WHO/Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective programmes and address risk factors.

Causes, impacts and the role of WHO/Europe

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European Region makes huge gains in NCD response, but needs faster progress

The WHO European Region’s response to noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) has brought it on track to achieve some of the global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Global Monitoring Framework on NCDs and Health 2020 targets, notably reducing premature mortality and hypertension.

Health systems response to noncommunicable diseases

Health systems response to noncommunicable diseases


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