Report on the status of major health risk factors for noncommunicable diseases: WHO African Region, 2015

by Abdikamal Alisalad, Regina Guthold, Melanie Cowan et al.
WHO African Region, 2016

88 pp. 710 kB
http://www.afro.who.int/index.php?
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The report projects that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) will be responsible for over 44 million deaths during the next decade, representing an increase of about 15% since 2010. Most of these deaths will occur in the WHO regions of Africa, South-East Asia and the Eastern Mediterranean. In the African Region alone, NCDs will cause around 3.9 million deaths by 2020. Most countries have conducted at least one STEPwise survey as a baseline from which to monitor the performance of future national NCD programmes. Member States must therefore invest in conducting STEPwise and global school-based health surveys once every 3–5 years in order to obtain accurate data on trends in the NCD pandemic in this Region.

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