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NCDs Hit Developing Nations Hardest; Governments Must Address Issue, Experts Say

Devex: Suffering in silence: The deadly economic burden of NCDs
“…Noncommunicable diseases, including diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular, and chronic respiratory diseases, account for 41 million deaths globally each year according to the World Health Organization. Developing countries such as South Sudan, with limited access to health care and scarce resources, are the hardest hit. Not only has South Sudan’s five-year civil war displaced millions and plunged parts of the country into famine, it’s also had a crippling effect on an already fragile health care system. … Global health experts say that the only way to start combating the issue of NCDs is to start recognizing that it’s an issue…” (Mednick, 6/26).

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