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Non-communicable diseases

Four types of NCDs (cardiovascular diseases, cancers, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases) account for over two thirds of all deaths globally and low-and-middle income countries are disproportionately burdened, accounting for 82% of all deaths. 

Yet, these diseases are largely preventable.  Eighty percent of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and over one third of cancers can be prevented through the elimination of shared risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet, physical inactivity, and the harmful use of alcohol. 

IFRC, with the support of partners, has been addressing NCDs at community, national, and global levels. We take a multipronged, systems approach, integrating NCDs work across several of our community health files. Through this we have developed and tested a range of evidence-based tools to support and advocate for NCDs prevention and control, such as the 4HealthyHabits toolkit. 

Key activities include: 

  • NCD prevention campaigns 
  • Care and support: early NCD screening, referral, monitoring of vitals, management, and follow up with high risk groups. 
  • Strengthening data collection capacities to track progress and impact in target communities. 
  • Data and evidence collection to ensure that community-based interventions are having an impact 

Have you taken the NCD in Humanitarian settings course on the IFRC eLearning platform  

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