“To this end, G20 nations should support the nine major targets that WHO has set to reduce global deaths from NCDs, with an overarching goal to reduce NCD deaths by one-quarter. Important components include dietary and lifestyle changes, as well as access to essential medicines to control high blood sugar, high blood pressure, and other risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. In addition, there are a wide range of neglected causes of NCDs that are unique to people who live in extreme poverty […] Such measures must not be enacted while failing to address poverty and other social determinants.”
In this commentary, Peter Hotez and Larry Peiperl argue that the world’s poorest people may take on a disproportionate burden of noncommunicable disease, even as their home countries gain in economic power.
- Peter Hotez is Dean and a Professor of Pediatrics and Molecular Virology & Microbiology for the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, Endowed Chair in Tropical Pediatrics at Texas Children’s Hospital, and President of the Sabin Vaccine Institute.
- Larry Peiperl is Chief Editor of PLoS Medicine.