The increasing burden of Non-communicable disease in the Asia-Pacific

The Asia-Pacific region has undergone dramatic industrial, economic, political and social changes over the past 25 years. Many of these changes have had a direct impact on health in the region. Health impacts can be seen in the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases, including cardiovascular diseases.

The total burden of cardiovascular diseases is increasing throughout much of the Asia-Pacific region. Cardiovascular diseases are now more numerous in India and China than in all the economically developed countries in the world put together. To tackle this growing problem, the Asia Pacific Cohort Studies Collaboration (APCSC) was formally established in 1999.

What is the APCSC?

The APCSC was initiated to provide direct, reliable evidence about determinants of stroke, coronary heart disease and other common causes of death in Asia-Pacific populations. It is a collaborative project that seeks to pool data from existing studies of cardiovascular diseases in the region.

The collaboration aims to produce region-, age- and gender-specific estimates of the cardiovascular disease risks associated with blood pressure, blood lipids, diabetes and other major risk factors.

What is the project's current status?

The APCSC database now has data on over 650,000 participants from 44 separate cohort studies in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand and Australia. It is considered the largest epidemiological collaboration in the southern hemisphere and in the top five of the world's largest medical studies.


Download a copy of the APCSC Factsheet [PDF 853 KB].