Noncommunicable diseases – a global challenge
Cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular and chronic lung diseases kill three in five people worldwide, making noncommunicable diseases the leading causes of death today. Most of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries that are also struggling with communicable and other causes of illness. The rapid rise in noncommunicable diseases has a negative impact on efforts to reduce poverty.
|•||Almost 80% of global mortality due to noncommunicable diseases occurs in developing and transition countries.|
|According to forecasts, noncommunicable diseases will be the most wide-spread cause of death in Africa by 2030.|
The SDC argues that the causes of noncommunicable diseases span many sectors and therefore require a multi-sectoral response that addresses social, economic and environmental health factors.
For example, noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) increase the pressure on already weak health systems and affect economies, particularly in developing countries. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a 10% increase in the prevalence of NCDs reduces economic growth by 0.5%. As NCDs require long-term therapies, they also place a long-term financial burden on health systems.
The SDC’s focus:
Strengthen health systems
The SDC supports its partner countries, most of them low-income countries, in their efforts to strengthen their health systems and to help basic health services deal with the so-called “double burden of disease”: coping with the effects of noncommunicable and communicable disease as well as maternal, perinatal and nutritional causes of illness. SDC-supported programmes
Support for WHO
The high cost of many NCD treatments, the impact of the exponential rise in the cost of new therapies as well as the long-term commitment required for such therapies are a challenge for low-income economies. The SDC therefore supports sustainable health-financing mechanisms.
The SDC’s multi-sectoral approach also includes financial contributions to multilateral organizations such as the WHO, which has the leading role in organising and coordinating international
efforts to combat noncommunicable diseases.
Theme contact: Andreas Loebell
Additional Information and DocumentsDocuments
- Speech Martin Dahinden: Chronic diseases and (health) policy: a global challenge. Basel: 25.08.11
Swiss Public Health Conference 2011
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- Ist Globalisierung ansteckend? Was haben „Fortschrittskrankheiten“ in den ärmsten Ländern zu suchen?
Rede Martin Dahinden, Direktor DEZA am 8. Symposium der schweizerischen Gesundheitszusammenarbeit, Basel, 10. November 2009
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Articles and Press releases
- Switzerland to participate at the UN General Assembly’s High-level Meeting on Non-Communicable Diseases