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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 92-104

Global non-communicable disease prevention: Building on success by addressing an emerging health need in developing countries

Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA

Correspondence Address:
Ali H Mokdad
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, 2301 5th Avenue, Suite 600, Seattle, WA 98121
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DOI: 10.4103/1658-600X.179820

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Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are beginning to dominate the global health landscape. Despite numerous calls to action for chronic disease preventive and control, the response to the urgency is insufficient, especially in terms of their prevention efforts. Worldwide, the total number of people dying from NCDs is twice that of the combined total of all infectious diseases (including HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), maternal and perinatal conditions and nutritional deficiencies. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world and accounts for about 30% of all deaths. Increased interventions in global NCDs prevention and control programs are needed as a global strategy to improve the current scenario. Specifically, we present this case for the United States to provide leadership in global NCD prevention and control.

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