Scaling up strategies to tackle chronic disease

How to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases. Research
Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic lung disease, so called noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), are collectively responsible for almost 70% of all deaths worldwide.

Almost three quarters of all NCD deaths, and 82% of the 16 million people who died prematurely, or before reaching 70 years of age, occur in low- and middle-income countries.(LMIC).

The increasing concerns on NCDs and their burden has led to our research project entitled “Scaling-Up NCD Interventions in South-East Asia (SUNI-SEA)”.

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South-East Asia's innovative strategies

While countries in Europe struggle with ever-increasing costs of chronic diseases, Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam have developed innovative strategies to curb the epidemic of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes in an early phase, by

  • moving NCD prevention and management from hospitals to primary healthcare facilities;
  • involving communities and bringing prevention and self-management to the homes of people;
  • linking NCD prevention to socio-economic development;
  • introducing integrated financing of health prevention and clinical care for NCDs.

Through evidence-based research in Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam, SUNI-SEA will help inform countries how to effectively scale up strategies to tackle non-communicable diseases.


  1. Community-based Interventions: The key to reducing non-communicable diseases in South East Asia


    We found that comprehensive community-based interventions have a larger impact on diabetes and hypertension than interventions with only one component or aim. This implies that future community-based interventions could best include multiple components that address various contextual factors and implementation elements, including the social and healthcare context.

    Find out more about this study