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Noncommunicable Diseases: Stories & Blogs

Children looking at a mural that shows how to wear a motorcycle helmet correctly.

Children looking at a mural that shows how to wear a motorcycle helmet correctly.

Learn more about NCD work and accomplishments through our stories and blogs.


NCD Overview

Making Some Noise About Noncommunicable Diseases in Rwanda
Facilitators go over the curriculum with training participants in Rwanda.

We weren’t sure what to expect when the Rwanda Biomedical Center requested a training for their noncommunicable disease (NCD) program managers. We had never delivered this particular curriculum before, but…

Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally
Motorcyclists on a busy street in Ho Chi Minh City.

Dr. Samira Asma, Chief of CDC’s Global NCD Program, shares her experience and CDC’s efforts to help partners implement proven prevention and treatment strategies and measure their impact

CDC partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to strengthen public health data collection in developing countries
Data for Health Infographic

Dr. Samira Asma discusses CDC’s work with Bloomberg Philanthropies on the Data for Health initiative.



Cost of Cancer Registration in Limited Resource Settings
Global status of population-based cancer registration as of mid-2013. PBCR stands for Population-Based Cancer Registries. High-quality PBCR implies publication in Cancer Incidence in Five Continents. Source: Courtesy of Freddie Bray, IARC

With an estimated 14.1 million new cancer cases, 8.2 million deaths, and 32.5 million cancer survivors worldwide in 2012, cancer is a leading cause of illness and early death. More than 50% of the world’s cancer cases and 65% of cancer deaths occur in limited-resource settings…

The Stakes are High, the Goal the Same – Overcome Cancer
Poster at the Jamaican Cancer Society. Photo by Elizabeth Van Dyne.

The 5-year survival for the same type of cancer ranges from 34% in Mongolia to 54% in Columbia. In some places we do not know the survival rate because there are no cancer registries.

The Global Challenge of Cancer
CDC and the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACCR) assess medical facilities in St. Croix for cancer case ascertainment. Left to right: Betsy Kohler, NAACCR; Kathleen Arnold-Lewis, U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health; Dr. Mona Saraiya, CDC; Dr. Michelle O’Hegarty, CDC; Dr. Hilda Razzaghi, CDC

Learn about CDC’s work with the Office of International Cancer Control (OICC) around the world.

World Cancer Day
Hospital staff at a cancer center in Viet Nam collect data from stacks of medical records.

In recognition of World Cancer Day (February 2nd) learn what CDC is doing along with its partners to prevent and control cancer around the world.


Cardiovascular Health

Championing Hypertension Control in Rural India
Social Health Leader measuring blood pressure and recording ECG in Mhotarwadi village, Maharashtra state, India.

Dr. Arun More is on a mission. As a doctor practicing in rural India, he knows firsthand what happens when people don’t have access to basic preventive services. One of his most poignant memories is of…

Hypertension Control in Barbados: Building a System to Fight the “Silent Killer”
Blood pressure screening at a local clinic.

Against this tropical backdrop, Barbadians share some of the same health concerns as other people from around the world, such as high rates of hypertension—more commonly known as high blood pressure.

Integrating HIV and hypertension management to improve lives in Malawi
Screening patients for hypertension at a clinic in Malawi.Photo credit: Victor Balaban.

To address this issue, the CDC and national partners are pioneering the integration of public health programs that address risk factors for NCDs along with existing efforts to fight HIV and TB. In Malawi, this coordinated approach not only addresses the increased risk of NCDs among people living with HIV (PLHIV), but also stretches every public health dollar…

CDC Spotlights Stroke Prevention for World Stroke Day
A doctor and emergency medical technicians removing a patient on a stretcher from an ambulance

The number of people affected by stroke worldwide has gone up significantly in the past 20 years. The number continues to increase in part due to an aging population. Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide…

Enhancing HIV Care Delivery Systems to Address Noncommunicable Diseases
map showing mean systolic blood pressure (mm Hg), ages 18+, 2014 (aged standardized estimate) Female. Shows how people in sub-Saharan Africa are disproportionately affected by high blood pressure, a leading risk factor for stroke

HIV treatment programs are already in place across Africa, and we can use these programs to bring high blood pressure screening and treatment to more people who need it.

New Global Initiative Has the Power to Shake Up Cardiovascular Health
Presenters at the Global Hearts Initiative launch in New York City on September 22, 2016.

This World Heart Day, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are excited to share their efforts to reduce the global burden of heart-related diseases through the new Global Hearts Initiative.

Transforming Hypertension Treatment in Barbados
Project staff hard at work analyzing patient data.

The people of Barbados struggle with a high burden of hypertension, also known as high blood pressure, and other risk factors for cardiovascular disease. As a native, I was excited to be a Principal Investigator (PI) on a pilot project to improve hypertension control at two local polyclinics in Barbados.

CDC’s Response for Global Hypertension Control High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, has become a global crisis
Patient at the Edgar Cochrane Polyclinic in Barbados having her blood pressure taken.

Learn about Million Hearts, the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project, and other efforts to treat hypertension across the globe.

Insight for Indonesia: CDC Director Mentors Disease Detective from Across the World
Indonesia FETP resident Nyoman Purnawan in a mentoring call with CDC Director Tom Frieden

Late at night in Indonesia, FETP resident Nyoman Purnawan spoke with CDC Director Tom Frieden, in one of a series of one-on-one conversations with the director designed to provide mentorship to FETP residents around the world.

My journey into Global Health: Dr. Pragna Patel
Dr. Patel at her family’s clinic in India where they provide health services to indigent communities.

Dr. Pragna Patel describes her experiences working in global health for CDC on HIV and NCDs and her focus on the Global Standardized Hypertension Treatment Project.

CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day
Blanche Teal-Cruise

In recognition of World Stroke Day (October 29th), CDC recognizes the risk women face from strokes through facts and a personal story.

World Heart Day
woman's hands forming heart shape

Mark your calendar for the World Heart Federation’s recognition of World Heart Day and learn about improving heart health.



World Diabetes Day
adult couple cooking with their daughter

In recognition of World Diabetes Day (November 14th), learn how to live a longer, healthier life.



World No Tobacco Day – Tobacco Surveillance in Barangay Looc, Province of Zambales, Philippines;
Barangay Village Hall, Philippines

In recognition of World No Tobacco Day (May 27th) learn about CDC’s Global Tobacco Control Branch (GTCB) efforts to understand the burden of tobacco use around the world.

Reflections on GTCB’s Worldwide Impact China’s Adult Tobacco Survey Captures a Comprehensive View of Tobacco Use in 14 Cities
Sample China Adult Tobacco Survey results

China CDC worked with its partners, including the U.S. CDC, to collect a comprehensive view of adult tobacco use in 14 cities whose populations total nearly 53 million people.

If We Can Measure It, We Can Manage It: Tracking the Global Tobacco Epidemic
Field interviewer interviewing a participant for GATS Bangladesh 2009

The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Atlas tracks tobacco surveillance and presents data in a user-friendly way. Learn about the ways this data helps to help decision-makers and public health professionals.