Broaden Focus Of Existing Disease-Specific Programs To Include Efforts To Reduce NCDs
The Lancet: NCDs and an outcome-based approach to global health
Thomas Bollyky of the Council on Foreign Relations, and Ezekiel Emanuel, Eric Goosby, David Satcher, Donna Shalala, and Tommy Thompson, all members of the CFR Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases
“…Although the health and economic consequences of NCDs are large and escalating, the international aid response to this epidemic is not. … The urgency of this situation led the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) to convene an Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases, and its report, The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries, was released on Dec 5, 2014. … The international programs established during the past decade primarily to address HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases provide a positive legacy on which to build. The international community should consider expanding the mandate of these programs from their current disease-focused goals to more outcome-oriented measures for improving health in the targeted countries and populations. The time to act on NCDs is now” (12/6).