Why prevention?

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the world’s largest killer, causing almost 70% of deaths worldwide (38 million) annually. They are also diseases of inequality, with nearly 75% of all NCD deaths afflicting people in low- and middle-income countries.

These diseases, and their subsequent significant burden on society, could largely be prevented by focusing on the risk factors.

What are non-communicable diseases (NCDs)?

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the world's leading cause of death, responsible for 70% of deaths globally.

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The risk factors

Risk factors increase the likelihood of developing a disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) has determined that the primary risk factors for non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are:

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