“Overall, the current rate of change in NCD trends is insufficient to allow the 2030 SDG targets to be achieved.”

World Health Organization [2020]

COVID-19 Exacerbates NCD Burden

The COVID-19 pandemic created disruptions in essential healthcare services and daily activities worldwide, with a profound impact on people living with NCDs. Diagnosis and treatment reduced drastically, compounding NCD patients’ increased vulnerability to severe COVID-19 illness and death.5 Among NCD patients:


experienced a worsening of their condition.1


developed a new disease.1


reported that long-planned medical consultation or surgeries had been cancelled or rescheduled.1


reported a strong impact on their stress level and state of mind.1


wished to have received additional information regarding the risks associated with their condition.1