chapter  3
The Politics of Non-Communicable Disease Policy
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Throughout much of the world, chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer and diabetes have displaced traditional enemies such as infectious diseases as a leading cause of death and disability. This health transition, as it has been termed, has become a globally entrenched phenomenon, with the World Health Organization predicting that NCDs will account for 70 per cent of all deaths by 2030 (2009a, 12).