Quick Facts About NCDs
- NCDs share several common, modifiable risk factors — tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity and unhealthy diets. Mitigating the effects of these common risk factors is critical to combat NCDs worldwide.
- The World Health Organization estimates that NCDs account for 60 percent (more than 35 million) deaths annually.
- Roughly 80 percent of NCD related deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries, where fragile health systems often struggle to meet the population’s most basic health needs.
- WHO estimates that 48 percent of NCD deaths in low- and middle-income countries occur before 70 years old, compared with 26 percent in high income countries.
- In 2012, all United Nations member countries committed to achieving a 25 percent reduction in premature mortality from NCDs by 2025 (the 25 x 25 target).