About Non-communicable Diseases

Exploring approaches to prevent cardiometabolic disease

The overall purpose of the Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit (NCDRU) is to formulate and apply an integrated programme of research and capacity development to improve the understanding, detection, prevention and management of non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with a major initial focus on cardiovascular and metabolic disorders in South Africa.

Key focus areas

  1. Foster greater understanding of the burden, mechanisms and determinants of NCDs
  2. Develop, apply and evaluate interventions for the detection, prevention and management of NCDs
  3. Address conditions and challenges that are unique to the South African environment
  4. Develop and adopt new health technological approaches to NCDs
  5. Translate new and existing knowledge into policy and practice, and
  6. Develop research capacity and interdisciplinary collaboration and maximize the output of existing research efforts.