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“Many of the NCDIs killing and disabling the poorest billion people—including type 1 diabetes, rheumatic and congenital heart disease, asthma, severe mental illness, sickle cell disease, burns and physical trauma, and pediatric and cervical cancers […] If they received more attention globally, they would no longer be virtual death sentences for the world’s poorest.”

In September 2020, The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (NCDI Poverty Commission) released a report on a set of cost-effective and equitable interventions is available to address NCDIs of poverty, to better achieve solidarity with the poor. This policy brief provides a high level overview of the findings and recommendations from the global report, as part of efforts to address one of the most glaring inequities in global health: NCDs and injuries that kill and disable millions of people in the poorest countries. The brief reviews recommendations and makes a clear argument for political will, policies, and funding that better prioritize NCDs and injuries of poverty within universal health coverage.

The policy brief includes sections on:

  • Introduction: Mending a Great Global Health Injustice
  • An Avoidable Disparity Worsening Amid COVID-19
  • Voices of NCDIs of Poverty
  • Opportunities to Address NCDIs of Poverty
  • Call for Greater Solidarity—and Development Assistance
  • Recommendations: Toward a New NCDI Poverty Network

The Commission report was produced by 23 global health experts, and informed by more than 250 academics and policymakers who convened National NCDI Poverty Commissions across 16 countries. Major support for the Commission was provided from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust.