Across Europe chronic diseases (such as cardiovascular and respiratory disease, type 2 diabetes and chronic kidney disease) account for 86% of all deaths each year, though rates vary between and within countries due to stark inequalities in health. Chronic diseases have a large impact on health care costs throughout the European Union (EU). Globally, the magnitude of the chronic disease burden has been recognised. The EConDA project is considering recommendations for integrated interventions, performing an economic evaluation of the investment required, expected outcome and possibility for scaling up/transferring experiences across Europe.
The key aim is to aid EU Member States to develop, select and implement more cost-effective policies to improve chronic disease prevention and impact upon populations with the highest rates of premature deaths from chronic diseases and reduce health inequalities.