21 September 2011

The Global Burden of NCDs

Lot's of talk and promises here about addressing NCDs.  Tobacco is one of the favorite and easiest culprits with the heads of the CDC and the American Cancer Society both speaking about reducing their use to support health.  One thing to point out in this graphic is that the world's poor still have a significant burden from communicable diseases.  On the other hand, the wealthier of the world are almost only impacted by NCDs.  Pointing out how the majority of NCD deaths are in low and middle income countries is important, but it should not mean that other issues should be ignored.

If anything, NCDs crashing into the room means more attention on prevention and primary healthcare.  The US is trying to make a domestic push towards this, but it will be interesting how it will work in the rest of the world.