Chronic Diseases Brochure


Chronic diseases—including cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, and asthma—represent a rising health burden in developing countries. Of the 36-million annual chronic disease deaths, 80 percent occur in low- and middle-income countries. Eight million of these deaths are preventable through changes in lifestyle and access to quality, affordable health services. Left unchecked, chronic diseases will be the leading cause of disability by 2030 and will lead to lost economic productivity and higher health care costs.

At Management Sciences for Health (MSH) we are committed to addressing the rising burden of chronic disease by focusing on people at all levels of the health system: individuals who make decisions about their health, community health workers who bring services close to the home, facility health workers who administer essential health services, and government officials who set standards and allocate resources. With a people-centered, health systems approach and a vision toward universal health coverage, we can better understand chronic diseases and help people have better access to the health care they need.