What are NCDs?
A non-communicable disease (NCD) is a medical condition or disease that is not caused by infectious agents (non-infectious or non-transmissible). NCDs can refer to chronic diseases which last for long periods of time and progress slowly.
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes, are the leading cause of mortality in the world. This invisible epidemic is an under-appreciated cause of poverty and hinders the economic development of many countries.
NCDs and Jamaica
NCDs are the leading cause of death in Jamaica accounting for 79% of all deaths.
The number of individuals who suffer from a NCD continues to increase.
Jamaicans are physically inactive with women being more inactive than men.
Jamaicans have a high consumption of sugar- sweetened beverages.
Jamaicans are not meeting the daily recommendations for vegetable and fruit consumption.
NCDs not only affect the quality of life of individuals but have a high economic burden on the individual and their family.
Assess your risk of developing an NCD by visiting a Ministry of Health clinic and getting screened
See list of health clinics in Jamaica