Database and Web Feature on Noncommunicable Diseases
Response Deadline: May 21, 2018, 5 pm EDT
PRB partners with organizations to globally reduce the rates of risk behaviors among youth for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as cancers, cardiovascular diseases, chronic lung disorders, and diabetes. The key NCD risk behaviors are tobacco use, alcohol use, physical inactivity, and unhealthy diet. These are all modifiable behaviors that are typically initiated or established in adolescence or young adulthood, and set the stage for NCDs later in life. WHO estimates that over 70 percent of premature deaths in adults globally are due to behaviors that are established during adolescence, highlighting the urgent need to address the risk behaviors among youth. Despite the rapidly growing prevalence of those behaviors in countries around the world, the lack of easily accessible data on prevalence rates among youth have contributed to low awareness among policymakers about the critical need to address the behaviors.
The objectives of this project are (1) to produce an interactive web feature that raises awareness about the issue of growing prevalence rates of the NCD risk behaviors among youth around the world; and (2) to develop a global database that hosts all available prevalence data on the risk behaviors among youth in a user-friendly format (data tables, graphs, maps). Please see the data table in the PDF for reference on type of data we work with.