Noncommunicable diseases in 53 countries: WHO/Europe presents new visual data tool

Noncommunicable diseases in 53 countries: WHO/Europe presents new visual data tool

WHO/Europe has introduced a new data visualization tool that makes it easy to see key data on non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Europe, the policies in place to address them and progress towards the NCD targets.

The data are presented interactively in easy-to-understand graphs that provide an overview and trends in each of the 53 Member States in the WHO European Region. Highlighting the complex and changing nature of NCDs, this new data visualization dashboard is a useful tool for policy-makers, researchers and the general public.

A comprehensive dashboard integrating risk factors and monitoring indicators

The dashboard consists of seven graphics which include the latest WHO data available from each of the 53 countries of the WHO European Region. The graphics show four major groups of indicators

  • premature mortality (due to the four major NCDs and the main group of NCDs in a given country);
  • biological risk factors (prevalence of overweight/obesity and raised blood pressure);
  • behavioural risk factors (smoking and alcohol consumption levels);
  • progress monitoring indicators (implementation of WHO-recommended measures to tackle NCDs).

Different trends for different countries

NCDs are by far the leading cause of death in the WHO European Region. Together, the four major NCDs (cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease) account for almost 75% of deaths in the Region.

However, the data show that the major trends differ between countries and regions. For example, cardiovascular disease rates are high but decreasing in eastern Europe or central Asia, while in western Europe, cancer is becoming the leading cause of premature death.

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WHO/Europe NCD dashboard