Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

​​​​The following links concern non-communicable diseases in the Arab world. This page will be updated regularly so please visit often.

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Bibliography and Publications

  • Badrinath P, Al-Shboul QA, Zoubeidi T, Gargoum AS, Ghubash R, El-Rufaie OE, editors (2002). Measuring the Health of the Nation United Arab Emirates Health and Lifestyle Survey 2000 (UAEHALS2000) (downloadable report available to the right)
  • Overweight and obesity (comprehensive bibliography, courtesy of Dr. Abdulrahman Musaiger, Arab Center for Nutrition, Manama, Bahrain)

Centers,  Institutes & organizations

Conferences and Meetings

  • International conference on healthy lifestyles and noncommunicable diseases in the Arab World and Middle East, 10–12 September 2012 (Riyadh, Saudi Arabia)
  • English website, Arabic website, Riyadh Declaration 2012 (PDF document)
  • International Symposium on Social Determinants of Noncommunicable Diseases in Mediterranean Countries, 6-7 May 2013 (Istanbul, Turkey)
  • Middle East and North Africa Conference of Alzheimer's Disease International  Alzheimer’s Disease – The Global Health Crisis of the 21st Century, 8-9 December 2013 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • The First NCD Congress in the UAE, 9-11 January 2014 (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
  • 17th LEA Annual Conference: "Surveillance, Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases", 16-17 November 2012 (Beirut, Lebanon)
  • 2nd Regional Symposium on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs): Socio-political Challenges in the Mediterranean Region: Implications for NCD Prevention and Control, 3-4 December 2014 (Beirut, Lebanon)

Data and Statistics


Networks. Forums, Working Groups and Collaborations


  • ProCor Portal (Available are filters for the MENA region regarding topics such as Global CVD, Healthy Behaviors, Risk Factors, Issues, Research Review, and Resources)


WHO Collaborating Centres