• Most important projects and stakeholders working in this area of public health, including intergovernmental organizations, national government bodies, and non-state actors.

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    Stakeholders & projects
    Organisations: 5Projects: 9
  • Information and evidence resources, issue briefs, case studies and evidence synthesis briefs that can inform policy-making.

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    Evidence and evidence-informed practice
    Databases: 5Overviews: 2
  • A collection of policies and analyses in this area of public health in the WHO European Region.

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    Policy & analysis
    Policy: 10Analysis: 11
  • A reference list of tools and methods to aid in the design, implementation and monitoring of policies in this area of public health.

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    Tools & methods
    Monitoring: 3Policy support: 16
  • Explore related indicators and visualizations, download data in Excel and CSV formats, analyze and share graphics.

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    Indicators & visualizations
    Indicators: 53Visualizations: 145

About the theme

A relatively small group of health conditions is responsible for a large part of the disease burden in Europe. Of the six WHO regions, the European Region is the most affected by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), and their growth is startling. The impact of the major NCDs (diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and mental disorders) is equally alarming: taken together, these five conditions account for an estimated 86% of the deaths and 77% of the disease burden in the Region. WHO Europe develops norms and standards, guidance and public health tools to help countries implement effective programmes and address risk factors.

Featured indicator

  • All causes, all ages, per 100 000 (age-standardized death rate) (Bar chart)
  • Diseases of circulatory system, 0–64, per 100 000 (age-standardized death rate) (Bar chart)
  • Prevalence of diabetes mellitus (%) (Line chart)
  • Pure alcohol consumption, litres per capita, age 15+ (Line chart)