The burden of noncommunicable diseases


Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading causes of death and disease burden in the Region of the Americas. In 2019, NCDs account for 5.8 million deaths, equivalent to 81% of total deaths in the Region. It also accounts for the loss of 226 million disability-adjusted life years, 121 million years of life due to premature death, and 105 million years of life lived with disability or ill-health. 

This data visualization presents the level and trends of the disease burden of noncommunicable diseases by age, sex, and country from 2000 to 2019. The burden of noncommunicable diseases is measured using deaths, disability-adjusted life years (DALYs), years lived with disability (YLDs), and years of life lost (YLLs) due to premature death.