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NCDs and COVID-19

This page shares various resources, tools and information to support our network navigate the COVID-19 pandemic.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus in 2019. Evidence from the World Health Organization (WHO), science, healthcare professionals, and governments stay-at-home guidelines during COVID-19 pandemic illustrate many intersections between COVID-19 and NCDs

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, NCD Alliance is committed in raising the voices and the righths of people living with noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), older people and marginalised groups. 

People who are over 60 years of age and people living with noncommunicable diseases (PLWNCDs) and conditions including hypertension and obesity, have a substantially higher risk of becoming severly ill or dying from the virus. COVID-19 is also causing significant "disruption of services for the prevention and treatment of NCDs" in almost all countries, likely to lead to a "long-term upsurge in deaths from NCDs" according to the World Health Organization (WHO)'s rapid assessment of service delivery for NCDs during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

As a global alliance, the NCD Alliance (NCDA) we are doing everything within our capacity to raise our voices for the rights of people living with NCDs, older people and marginalised groups, and to share information, guidance and good practice to protect each other; in full solidarity and alignment with WHO, and in collaboration with our members, supporters and 65 national and regional NCD alliances.


We have published a briefing note on COVID-19 and NCDs which highlights the interlinkages and impact of the pandemic on people living with NCDs.  Our question and answers aims to give a brief summary of the linkages between COVID-19 and NCDs. For more information, please visit NCDA’s resources and news pages for the latest information, publications and reports. 

Following our Signalling Virtue, Promoting Harm - Unhealthy commodity industries and COVID-19 report, this map shares examples of unhealthy commodity industry responses to COVID-19 crowsourced from around the world.