Understanding Demographics’ Role In NCDs Important For Global Health Planning, Health System Preparedness

Council on Foreign Relations: The Changing Demographics of Global Health
Thomas J. Bollyky, senior fellow for global health, economics, and development at CFR, and Amanda Shendruk, data visualization designer at CFR, discuss the role of population growth and aging in the rise of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low-income countries, highlighting demographic trends related to NCDs. The authors write, “Understanding the speed, scale, and drivers of the shift to noncommunicable diseases at the country level and estimating the preparedness of health systems for that shift is important for the health planning, budgeting, and policy formulation of national governments and donors” (11/7).

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