Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)—mainly cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases
and diabetes—are the world’s biggest killers. More than 36 million people die annually from NCDs (63% of
global deaths), including more than 14 million people who die too young between the ages of 30 and 70.
Low- and middle-income countries already bear 86% of the burden of these premature deaths, resulting in
cumulative economic losses of US$7 trillion over the next 15 years and millions of people trapped in poverty.