NCD's is a disease that is not transmissible directly from one person to another

This group is commonly known as a 'lifestyle' disease, because the majority of these diseases are preventable illnesses.

The most common cause for NCD include tobacco use, alcohol abuse, poor dies (High consumption of sugar, salts and fats and trans fatty acids) and physical inactivity

10 Facts on Non Communicable Diseases

  1. NCS's, primarily Cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are responsible for 63% of all deaths worldwide
  2. 80% of NCD's deaths occur in low and middle income countries
  3. More than 9 million of all deaths attributed to NCD's occur before the age of 60
  4. NCD's affect women and men equally
  5. NCD's are preventable through effective interventions that tackle shared risk factors, namely: tobacco use, unhealthy diet, phsyical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol
  6. NCD's force people to entrenchment in poverty due to catastrophic expenditure of treatment
  7. 1.5 billion adults, 20 and over were overweight in 2008
  8. Nearly 43 million children under 5 years old were overweight in 2008
  9. Tobacco use kills nearly 6 million people a year
  10. If the major risk factors for NCD's were eliminated, at around three quarters of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes would be prevented and 40% of cancers would be prevented