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Category: noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

CDC Recognizes Women and Stroke for World Stroke Day

Blanche and Kelly

As a woman, I am particularly interested in this year’s World Stroke Day focus. I am a woman and stroke can affect me, my family members, my patients’ families and women around the world. Worldwide, there are 15 million strokes each year, 10 million of which will end in death or permanent disability. Women have Read More >

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Experiences from the Field: Innovative Approaches to Improving Heart Health in Malawi

Dr. Alice Maida (2ndd from right) and staff from MSH and the Malawi Ministry of Health visiting a high burden HIV clinic in rural Malawi.

As a Medical Program Specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Malawi, I provide HIV technical support at the national and site level. My public health practitioner work with the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) national HIV program and PEPFAR implementing partners has provided many opportunities to engage in implementation science Read More >

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China’s Adult Tobacco Survey Captures a Comprehensive View of Tobacco Use in 14 Cities

China is the most populous country in the world, as well as the largest consumer of cigarettes. With over 300 million smokers, China has the greatest public health benefit to gain from implementing proven tobacco prevention and control strategies. In China, some public health officials have championed local municipalities to engage in tobacco prevention and Read More >

Posted on by Darryl Konter, MS, Health Communication Specialist and Luhua Zhao, MS, Statistician, CDC Office on Smoking and HealthLeave a commentTags , ,

Accelerating an Integrated Approach to NCD Prevention and Control Globally

road traffic accidents

Over the past 18 years, I’ve worked with Ministries of Health and other partners in 180 countries to advance CDC’s overarching global health goals and accelerate strategies for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) and injuries. NCDs and injuries are responsible for millions of premature deaths, especially in low- and middle-income counties (LMICs). Read More >

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If We Can Measure It, We Can Manage It: Tracking the Global Tobacco Epidemic

Field interviewer interviewing a participant for GATS Bangladesh 2009

Identified as the most preventable causes of death and disease in the world, the tobacco use epidemic is expanding to many low-and middle-income countries. Approximately 6 million people die annually from tobacco. To put this into perspective, the number of annual deaths from tobacco is equivalent to 2,699 Titanic ships sinking every year. Surveillance has Read More >

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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.

In the United States, 67 million or 1 in 3 adults have high blood pressure (>140/90 mmHg), and only about half of these adults have their condition under control. Worldwide, high blood pressure is estimated to cause 9 million preventable deaths, and is expected to increase. Commonly referred to as the “silent killer” because it Read More >

Posted on by Pragna Patel, MD, MPH (CGH) and Barbara A. Bowman, PhD (NCCDPHP)1 CommentTags , ,

CDC partners with Bloomberg Philanthropies to strengthen public health data collection in developing countries


Did you know that each year 35 million deaths go unrecorded worldwide, and that the causes of millions more deaths are never documented? Today, 80% of the world’s population lives in countries that do not collect reliable cause-of-death statistics. According to the World Health Organization, “When deaths go uncounted and the causes of death are Read More >

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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 says “Taking the road less travelled and working for CDC on HIV and NCD has been a worthwhile journey” As a young girl growing up in New York City, I would often help out at my father’s pediatric clinic in an indigent neighborhood of the Bronx.  My father was a caring and Read More >

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Why I Care about Cancer in Developing Countries

Being treated for cancer in a lonely hospital room in Guatemala City.

I’m 30 years old and have already had cancer three times. If I lived in a developing country I likely would have died from my testicular cancer, or from my melanoma, or almost surely from my recurrence of melanoma that spread to the liver and brain. Fortunately for me, I have the opportunity to access Read More >

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Take charge of your health this World Diabetes Day

world diabetes day

Diabetes is a chronic condition that continues to be a burden throughout the world. As we observe World Diabetes Day, let’s define some terms and talk about who is at risk. How does diabetes affect you or someone close to you? Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. Most of Read More >

Posted on by Ann Albright, PhD, RD, Director, CDC Division of Diabetes TranslationLeave a comment