Non-communicable Diseases: A Major Burden
NCDs are becoming highly prevalent worldwide due to increased life expectancy and other complex mechanisms, like urbanization. In low- and middle-income countries, NCDs will not necessarily replace, but additionally affect people, often at earlier ages. They are a major burden for household and national budgets and a poverty risk. The primary prevention of NCDs, as well as access to affordable treatment are central to fighting the NCD epidemic.
Focus on Environmental and Lifestyle Risk factors
Swiss TPH focuses on understanding the relevance of environmental and lifestyle risk factors in NCD etiology and progression. Policy activities evaluate the potential of structural prevention in slowing down the NCD epidemic.