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Easing the Burden of NCDs

“In very low-income settings, particularly in rural regions of poverty, people of all ages, including children and young adults may suffer from NCDs unrelated to lifestyle risk factors […] Despite the urgent need to address the epidemic and implement effective interventions, the NCD field has received relatively little attention and funding, especially in under-resourced countries where infectious diseases have dominated health agendas, budgets, and discourses.”

Published by Medtronic Philanthropy in 2014, the “Easing the Burden of Noncommunicable Diseases: Insights from Early Stage NCD Program Efforts” shares lessons learned from early-stage programs delivering NCD care in low and middle-income countries around the world. These programs, supported by Medtronic Philanthropy, have been or are currently being implemented by non-governmental and academic organizations, including the NCD Synergies project at Partners In Health.

Key insights from the field discussed in the report include:

  • Cultivating and translating medical expertise is critical to designing chronic care systems for NCDs in resource-constrained environments
  • Developing local strategies often requires disaggregating data and adapting program resources to specific regions
  • Coordinating across sectors is the lynchpin in achieving sustained impact
  • Engaging in public sector leaders at very early stages of program design, execution, and evaluation is essential
  • Integrating NCD care into existing health programs can be efficient and cost-effective if available infrastructure is leveraged
  • Measuring programs using clear metrics and sharing best practices is key to replicating successful models
  • Using flexible financial resources enables early course correction due to unforeseen challenges

In the report, NCD Synergies project is featured, particularly our focus on public sector planning support around NCDs and injuries in low-income countries.

In addition to the NCD Synergies project, organizations also featured in this report include:

  • Arizona State Department of Health, University of Arizona
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Centre for Chronic Disease Control India
  • Chronic Diseases Initiative for Africa
  • CRONICAS Center of Excellence in Chronic Diseases, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia
  • Duke University
  • Heart to Heart
  • ICAP at Columbia University
  • AMPATH at Indiana University
  • International Alliance of Patients’ Organizations
  • International Diabetes Federation (IDF)
  • NCD Alliance
  • NCD Child
  • National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) at NIH
  • PATH
  • Public Health Foundation of India
  • TeamHeart
  • University of Cape Town
  • University of Washington
  • WiRED International
  • World Heart Federation (WHF)