Non communicable diseases (NCDs) have become the major disease burden globally. Bangladesh is in the midst of an epidemiologic transition where the burden of disease is shifting from a disease profile dominated by infectious diseases, under-nutrition and conditions of childbirth to one increasingly characterized by non-communicable chronic diseases (NCDs). According to World Health Organization, NCDs are estimated to account for 59% of total death in Bangladesh in 2014. Among the NCD deaths 17% were due to cardiovascular diseases (CVD), 11% chronic respiratory diseases, 10% cancers, 9% injuries, 3% directly due to diabetes and 10% from other NCDs. Moreover diabetes contributes to the mortality and morbidity of CVD and stroke. In Bangladesh individually several organizations are working separately for NCD control and prevention in their respective fields. However it was felt that coordinated activities of various organizations would be very much cost effective and fruitful.
Realizing this, 'Bangladesh Network for NCD Control and Prevention' has been formed by several health professional and civil society organizations with a view to work collectively in a coordinated way.