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The Burdett Trust for Nursing: Announcing a new funding strategy

We are happy to announce a new funding strategy focusing on non-communicable diseases (NCDs), also known as chronic diseases and this refers to those diseases not passed from person to person. 

Did you know:

  • Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 71% of all deaths globally.
  • Each year, more than 15 million people die from a NCD between the ages of 30 and 69 years; 85% of these “premature” deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.
  • 77% of all NCD deaths are in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Cardiovascular diseases account for most NCD deaths, or 17.9 million people annually, followed by cancers (9.3 million), respiratory diseases (4.1 million), and diabetes (1.5 million).
  • These four groups of diseases account for over 80% of all premature NCD deaths.
  • Tobacco use, physical inactivity, the harmful use of alcohol and unhealthy diets all increase the risk of dying from a NCD.
  • Detection, screening and treatment of NCDs, as well as palliative care, are key components of the response to NCDs.

Information from WHO (updated April 2021).

NCDs threaten progress towards the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  This includes a target of reducing premature deaths from NCDs by one-third by 2030. These chronic diseases tend to be of a long duration and are a result of a combination of genetic, physiological, environmental, and behavioural factors.
Burdett programmes will focus on detection, screening, and treatment of NCDs, as well as palliative care. Funding projects giving opportunities to disseminate good practice.

 The first programme will focus on cardiovascular disease and will open in the New Year via the Burdett Trust website.

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