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Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

2.6 Essential health services – non-communicable diseases

Population ageing and increase in life expectancy have shifted disease profiles from infectious to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in many countries including low- and middle-income countries. As a result, NCDs are growing in importance as a major public health issue in disaster settings. Increases in health problems due to the exacerbation of existing chronic health conditions have become a common feature of many disasters.