Non-communicable diseases present a growing threat to the health of millions of people across the globe, and more broadly to development goals and economic growth.
Close to two-thirds of all global deaths are due to NCDs, primarily cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory disease, and diabetes.
According to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), the majority of the Malaysian population, at least two thirds, have at least one of three non-communicable diseases (NCDs), namely diabetes, hypertension or hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels). Most have comobidities. More than a quarter have at least two NCDs and almost 10 percent have all three.
At the Galen Centre, we look at three: diabetes, cancer & hypertension.