Integrating Health Services for Young People: Tackling the Growing Noncommunicable Disease Epidemic

by Toshiko Kaneda, Reshma Naik, Charlotte Feldman-Jacobs et al.
Population Reference Bureau (PRB), April 2017

16 pp. 3.9 MB
http://www.prb.org/pdf17/NCD%20Young%20People%20Report.pdf

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.

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