Country profiles on noncommunicable diseases published

WHO highlights need for countries to scale up action on noncommunicable diseases

WHO has published profiles on noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) for all Member States, including the 53 countries in the WHO European Region. Where data are available, the profiles estimate for each country the current burden of and recent trends in NCD mortality, the prevalence of selected major risk factors and the national health system’s capacity to respond. They update the profiles produced in 2011.

Global mortality from NCDs remains unacceptably high and is increasing. NCDs – mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes – kill 38 million people each year.

The report illustrates that progress in countries has been insufficient and very uneven, although many countries have started to work towards the 9 global targets on NCDs and implement WHO’s Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases 2013–2020. The Action Plan was agreed following the adoption of the United Nations Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases in September 2011.

A key target of the Global Action Plan is to reduce premature mortality from NCDs by 25% by 2025.

WHO is launching the profiles on the occasion of the high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the comprehensive review and assessment of the progress achieved in the prevention and control of NCDs, being held in New York, United States of America on 10–11 July 2014.