Chronic diseases are diseases of long duration and generally slow progression. Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are by far the leading cause of mortality in the world, representing 63% of all deaths. Out of the 36 million people who died from chronic disease in 2008, nine million were under 60 and ninety per cent of these premature deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries.
WHO programmes and activities
- WHO Noncommunicable diseases Action Plan
- Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health
- NCDnet - Global Noncommunicable Disease Network