The four main types of non-communicable diseases or NCDs are cardiovascular diseases (like heart attacks and stroke), cancer, chronic respiratory diseases (such as chronic obstructed pulmonary disease and asthma) and diabetes.
NCDs, are the leading cause of death in the world killing more than 36 million people each year and representing 63% of global annual deaths. A disproportionate number of these deaths, 80%, occur in low- and middle-income countries.
ICCR members engage the pharmaceutical companies they hold to arrive at effective and affordable solutions to help alleviate the disease burden in these countries.
Featured ICCR Initiative
ICCR members call on companies to:
- Engage in multi-company partnerships to address global health challenges by capitalizing on the collective expertise of the pharmaceutical industry, e.g. Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative (DNDI).
- Report information on registration in LMICs of medicines to treat global diseases, i.e., HIV/AIDS, TB, Malaria, Non-Communicable Diseases and Neglected Tropical Diseases.
Health Risks: From Poverty to Power Backgrounder. Political commitment and leadership will be key to securing health.
World Health Organization: 10 Facts on Noncommunicable Diseases, a WHO primer on the 4 main types of NCDs.
NCD's 9 Voluntary Global Targets for 2025. Handy graphic illustrates risk factors such as inactivity, tobacco use, blood pressure and more.