Centre for Global Health: Non-communicable Diseases

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic lung diseases, and diabetes, are the primary causes of morbidity and mortality globally.

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    Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology - Espen Bjertness

    About our research

    Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.5 million people annually, followed by cancers (8.2 million), respiratory diseases (4 million), and diabetes (1.5 million). Over three quarters of NCD deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
    The United Nations declaration of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targets calls for by 2030, a one-third reduction in premature mortality from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) through prevention and treatment.
    Their risk factors have traditionally been the backbone of international and global health research at the institute. We have currently projects in Myanmar, Tibet, Palestine, Somalia/Somaliland and some of our projects are comparative studies of risk factors of NCD’s in different populations.


    Published Dec. 6, 2016 4:03 PM - Last modified May 11, 2020 4:18 PM