Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) mainly refer to mental health related, respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cancers. They are the world’s leading cause of death.

An estimated 1.2 million people under age 20 die from treatable NCDs each year, accounting for 13% of global NCD mortality. Most NCD risk factors can be prevented and are modifiable, particularly in the earlier years of life and adolescence. Evidence shows that most NCD risk are interconnected and rooted in similar underlying determinants.  i.e. childhood obesity can have negative impacts on mental health, mental health has an impact on eating behaviors and substance use.

Databases and country profiles on prevention and burden of non-communicable diseases are under development and will be made available soon.