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Noncommunicable Diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are also called non-contagious diseases or non-infectious diseases.


"Noncommunicable diseases, also known as chronic diseases, tend to be of long duration and are the result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental and behaviors factors."


World Health Organization


Noncommunicable Disease Facts

According to WHO:

  • Noncommunicable diseases, or NCDs, are by far the leading cause of death in the world, representing 63% of all annual deaths.
  • NCDs are largely preventable.
  • NCDs kill more than 36 million people each year.

Notable NCDs:

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • Diabetes
  • Cancer
  • Epilepsy
  • Heart Disease
  • Lung Disease
  • Nutritional Diseases

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WHO: Unite in the fight against noncommunicable diseases

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