WHO Noncommunicable Diseases Country Profiles 2014


The World Health Organization has compiled a report, "Noncommunicable diseases country profiles 2014" to show the progress that has been made in controlling noncommunicable diseases.

The report reviews the NCD situation and includes recent trends and government responses in 194 countries. I've listed some of the larger points of discussion

  • 95% of countries responding to the survey have a designated Ministry of Health department or division specifically designed to combat NCDs;
  • 1/2 of the world’s countries have a plan and a budget for NCDs;
  • Countries who are monitoring the main risk factors has doubled since 2010.

WHO Director, General Dr Margaret Chan said, “I see no lack of commitment. I see a lack of capacity to act, especially in the developing world." She also mentioned that their latest data shows 85% of premature deaths from NCDs are occurring in developing countries. Showing how great a challenge is being brought about by these diseases.

Worldwide NCD Deaths Increase

The country profile makes projections based upon it's findings. Every year 38 million people die from NCDs. This number accounts for the nearly 16 million of which occur prematurely, which is to say before they reach 70. NCD deaths have increased worldwide and in every region since 2000. The largest increase in NCD deaths has been in the World Health Organization's South-East Asia and Western Pacific Regions.

World Health Organization's Plan of Action

The WHO global action plan is designed to thwart the epidemic and reduce premature deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025. In New York world leaders are meeting to review the progress that has been made in recent years. They will also be discussing a stronger effort to reduce NCDs.

"WHO Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of NCDs 2013-2020" was endorsed in 2013 by 194 countries. It offers a menu of policy options for countries, global partners and other organizations which, when implemented collectively will attain 9 voluntary global targets, including that of a 25% relative reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025.

Dr Oleg Chestnov, WHO Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health said, “WHO has established a global infrastructure to stop the rise in noncommunicable diseases and is supporting countries to accelerate progress...particularly in less-developed countries that are already bearing the brunt of the NCD burden and need our assistance.”

Last updated on 07/15/2014