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The Growing Danger of Non-Communicable Diseases: Acting Now to Reverse Course

TS17-23 World Bank


A 2011 Bank report warns that heart disease, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, and other non-communicable diseases (NCDs) increasingly threaten the health and economic security of many lower- and middle-income countries, and that most countries lack the money and health services to be able to ‘treat their way out’ of the NCD crisis.

Africa, Eastern Europe, and Asia in particular face alarming chronic disease levels, in excess of those in high-income countries where NCDs have long been the leading cause of death and illness.

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Last updated: 2012-06-01

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