Global Health Investments Must Address NCDs In LMICs

Project Syndicate: A New Direction for Global Health
Thomas Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at the Council on Foreign Relations; and Thomas Donilon and Mitchell Daniels, co-chairs of the CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force on Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

“…International investments have not yet adjusted to changing global health needs, especially with respect to NCDs. … Meanwhile, the emerging NCD epidemic is worsening. … Yet progress on NCDs is possible. … If, over the next decade, low- and middle-income countries could improve NCD prevention and treatment at the same rate as the average rich country from 2000 to 2013, they would avert more than five million deaths. That return is comparable to the most successful global health investments in HIV and childhood immunization, and it is an investment worth making for the same reason: a peaceful, inclusive global economy presupposes healthier, more productive lives” (12/15).