Noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes—the most common causes of deaths in wealthier countries—are increasingly common in developing countries. NCDs now account for most deaths and their prevalence is rising. Both the risk factors that contribute to and the positive health behaviors that can prevent NCDs typically start in youth. In this video, Wendy Baldwin, president and CEO of PRB, outlines the global rise in NCDs and what measures during youth can prevent future NCDs.
PRB Report Launch: Curbing the Noncommunicable Disease Epidemic in the Middle East
Youth in some of the region’s countries already have high levels of all four of the main NCD risk factors, and the share at risk is likely to rise further unless policies and programs are put in place to counter the trend.
Noncommunicable Diseases: Podcast Segment
Reshma Naik, PRB senior policy analyst, joined Julie Rose on "Top of Mind" to discuss noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and other NCDs are often considered rich country diseases, but Naik showed their effect on lower- and middle-income countries.