by Toshiko Kaneda, Reshma Naik, Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs et al.
Population Reference Bureau (PRB), April 2017
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death in high-income countries, and also in many low- and middle-income countries where they account for almost three-quarters of all global deaths from NCDs. Compared to high-income countries, deaths from NCDs in low- and middle-income countries are far more likely to occur prematurely – before the age of 70 – when individuals are typically at their peak economic productivity. Integrating NCD services – particularly those targeted at prevention and early intervention – with other health services for young people may have a number of potential benefits: more young people can be reached with NCD services; limited resources can be pooled to potentially gain cost and other efficiencies; and young people can receive more comprehensive services, which are essential for healthy growth and development.