Noncommunicable diseases and mental health

Global status report on noncommunicable diseases 2010

Description of the global burden of NCDs, their risk factors and determinants

Publication details

Editors: World Health Organization
Number of pages: 176
Publication date: April 2011
Languages: English
ISBN: 978 92 4 156422 9


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  • Annex 1
    pdf, 114kb

    Methods used for country estimates in Chapter 1 and Annex 4
  • Annex 2
    pdf, 34kb

    List of Countries by WHO Regions
  • Annex 3
    pdf, 862kb

    Maps showing the global distribution of estimated NCD-related mortality and selected risk factors
  • Annex 4
    pdf, 488kb

    Country estimates of NCD mortality and selected risk factors, 2008
  • Annex 5
    pdf, 81kb

    Core indicators for consideration as part of the framework for NCD surveillance
  • Annex 6
    pdf, 109kb

    Recommended approaches to implementing effective and sustainable multisectoral action on health1

Overview of the Global status report on NCDs

This report sets out the statistics, evidence and experiences needed to launch a more forceful response to the growing threat posed by noncommunicable diseases. While advice and recommendations are universally relevant, the report gives particular attention to conditions in low- and middle-income countries, which now bear nearly 80% of the burden from diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and chronic respiratory diseases. The health consequences of the worldwide epidemic of obesity are also addressed.

The report takes an analytical approach, using global, regional and country-specific data to document the magnitude of the problem, project future trends, and assess the factors contributing to these trends. As noted, the epidemic of these diseases is being driven by powerful forces now touching every region of the world: demographic ageing, rapid unplanned urbanization, and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles. While many chronic conditions develop slowly, changes in lifestyles and behaviours are occurring with a stunning speed and sweep.