Strengthening access to quality care for people like Kerefasi Wilimayu who are living with severe NCDs such as type 1 diabetes (T1D) in rural Malawi (left) means walking hand in hand with patients and communities at every level of the health system. That includes decentralizing services closer to rural communities like Burera District in Rwanda (center) and promoting the voices of patient advocates like Densa Bélony and Wesly Marcena, who shared his experience of living with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) in Haiti at a 2017 global policy forum in Geneva (right).
Photo credits from left to right: Karin Schermbrucker/Slingshot Media • Cecile Joan Avila/PIH • Kim Ngyuen/NCDFREE

COVID-19 & NCDI Poverty
Redesigning Care, Protecting the Vulnerable

The COVID-19 pandemic poses an economic and biological threat to people doubly afflicted by extreme poverty and severe NCDs and injuries (NCDI Poverty). The NCD Synergies Program and our family of organizations have issued a statement outlining the four strategies we are pursuing to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on these vulnerable populations.

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Innovative approaches for protecting people living with severe NCDs in extreme poverty during COVID-19

June 23, 2020

National NCDI Poverty Commissions across sub-Saharan Africa have developed innovative approaches to protecting people with severe NCDs in settings of extreme poverty during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Countries invited to establish national NCDI Poverty Commissions or to implement PEN-Plus services for severe NCDs

April 08, 2020

The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission secretariat have issued two RFIs: a Request for Applications (RFA) for countries interested in establishing National NCDI Poverty Commissions and a Request for Interest (RFI) for countries that would like support in implementing integrated PEN-Plus services for severe, chronic NCDs.

COVID-19 NCDI Poverty Statement

April 07, 2020

This statement, on behalf of the Program in Global NCDs and Social Change at Harvard Medical School, the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham & Women's Hospital, and the NCD Synergies project at Partners In Health, reflects the priorities of our work in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Our Approach

Bring Attention to the Needs of the Poorest
Among the poorest, the greatest loss of life and health due to NCDs and injuries occurs before age 40. We amplify the voices of people affected in settings of poverty and advocate for a more inclusive global agenda.
Support Equitable Delivery of Integrated NCDI Care
Integrated strategies to address severe NCDs and injuries in settings of rural poverty can be hard to identify. We work with implementers to provide clinical mentorship and design tools and resources to reach the poorest.
Advise Ministries
on Planning
and Implementation
Bottom-up solutions driven by local data are needed to address NCDs and injuries among the poorest. We support ministries of health and research commissions on priority-setting reflective of their national burden.
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