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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World Mental Health Day – focus on depression

This year, World Mental Health Day will also mark the launch of WHO’s campaign for World Health Day 2017, the theme of which is “Depression: let’s talk”. Although depression is treatable, about 50% of cases of major depression still go untreated. The high personal, social and economic costs of depression underscore the importance of overcoming this challenge.

Health systems response to noncommunicable diseases

Health systems response to noncommunicable diseases


Noncommunicable diseases newsletter

In focus: Tobacco

World Health Day

World Health Day 2016: Beat diabetes

7 April 2016


Video – WHO-FAO: Second International Conference on Nutrition

FEEDCities video

This 360 virtual reality video documents the vibrant food market landscapes in several cities in central Asia and south-eastern Europe.The video is best viewed using virtual reality headsets.