Chronic diseases and health promotion

Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment


The report makes the case for urgent action to halt and turn back the growing threat of chronic diseases, and dispels the long-held misunderstandings about heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases.

It presents a state-of-the-art guide to effective and feasible interventions, provides practical suggestions for how countries can implement these interventions.

More information on report

Report overview: presentation

Summary of the report in presentation slides.

Brief summary

Summary of reports' key messages and book order information.

Information sheets

Information on chronic disease risk factors, prevention, economic impact of chronic diseases.

Region and country specific information sheets

Facts and figures on the predicted growth of chronic disease by regions and countries.

Technical papers

Working paper on data sources, methods, results for projections of mortality and burden of disease for 2005, 2015, 2030.

Working paper on the estimation of the economic impact of chronic diseases in selected countries

Photos on chronic disease

Photos of people living with chronic disease from different countries.


"Face to face with chronic disease" in a selection of display posters.

Video & Footage

More information

Video, B-Roll and Video News Release on chronic disease patients.


Media centre

Press releases, broadcast footage, media contacts.


Presentation of the report and media coverage.

Read from others about the report

Links to regional media activity, press gallery, supporting statements.

Quotes from the report team

Comments and feedback

E-mail alerts with news about the report, and your comments

Order information

2005, 200 pages [E]
ISBN 92 4 156300 1
CHF 30.00/US$27.00
In developing countries: CHF 21.00/US$ 18.90
Order no. 11500638