NCDs and ageing

NCDs and ageing


Every country in the Western Pacific Region is experiencing a surge of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases. At the same time, many countries’ populations are growing older. Inevitably, all countries will face an ageing population- it is just a matter of time.

We will support countries to:

  • Measure and analyse changes in disease patterns and lifestyles.
  • Reduce the risk factors that can lead to NCDs, like tobacco, excessive alcohol consumption and unhealthy diets.
  • Orient health systems towards services that focus on people and 'accompany' them through their life and their changing needs.

We want a Region where NCDs are prevented and mental health and wellbeing is promoted. We need primary health care and other health services that better manage NCDs and mental health conditions and keep people well. This means building health systems and social services that support all people to live long, healthy, productive lives. 

Learn more about how we will work with countries to tackle NCDs and ageing in our White Paper, For the Future


Key facts

  • NCDs are the Region’s biggest killers, responsible for 86% of deaths.
  • NCDs are a significant burden on national economies.
  • More than 100 million people suffer from mental health disorders in the Region.
  • Older people are the fastest growing age group in our Region.  Many older people are living with chronic conditions, including NCDs.

Related links

Towards the healthiest and safest region

For the future

Delivering Better Health in the Western Pacific Region