n South African Medical Journal - Persistent burden from non-communicable diseases in South Africa needs strong action : editorial

Volume 106, Issue 5
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The number of deaths from non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has been rising globally, and NCDs are currently among the leading causes of death in many countries. The mortality profile in the African region is currently dominated by communicable, maternal, nutritional and perinatal conditions. However, changes are taking place and the World Health Organization has projected that by 2030, NCDs will be the biggest cause of death in this region. The Burden of Disease Research Unit at the South African Medical Research Council recently analysed mortality levels and trends for NCDs over a 14-year period as part of its second National Burden of Disease Study for South Africa (SA).

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