NCDs: Their Path Towards Global Dominance

Until very recently, NCDs were in the remote background of a global health agenda dominated by infectious and maternal/neonatal ailments in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC). And in fact, globally deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional causes dropped from 34% in 1990 to 25% in 2010. At the same time, however, NCDs have continued to increase and today account for almost two-thirds of deaths worldwide. Cardiovascular disease alone is the leading cause of death with 80% of those deaths occurring in LMIC.