Noncommunicable diseases: Campaign for action – meeting the NCD targets

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and their causes affect us all. They threaten health and livelihoods, plunge people into poverty and hinder the development of communities worldwide. But NCDs can be prevented and controlled. WHO is working with governments and partners to #beatNCDs, and help people live healthier, longer lives.


About the campaign

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16 million people died prematurely from NCDs in 2012 alone. Taking action against the main NCD risks – tobacco, harmful use of alcohol, unhealthy diets and physical inactivity – will help countries meet global targets to reduce deaths from NCDs by 25% by 2025. It’s time to unleash the world’s potential to beat NCDs.

What can you do?

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Start your own national or local campaign to raise awareness among the general public on the impact of noncommunicable diseases, their cost, and the actions that can be taken now to beat NCDs.

Share your story

NCDs affect millions of people in many different ways, from those living with cancers, heart and lung disease, and diabetes, to loved ones and health workers caring for those affected. Share your story on how NCDs affect you.


Country implementation

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Information on how noncommunicable diseases impact countries, and the measures being undertaken to prevent and control these conditions.