About Voices of NCDI Poverty

Voices of NCDI Poverty is a platform that shares stories and experiences of people living with NCDs and injuries in settings of extreme poverty. It is a joint project of NCD Synergies and The Lancet Commission on Reframing NCDs and Injuries for the Poorest Billion (NCDI Poverty).

These narratives demonstrate the vast inequity in access to treatment, care, and social support for severe NCDIs that results in over half a million avoidable deaths each year among the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. Their stories are multifaceted and address the challenges of both poverty and living with severe chronic disease. The perspectives of family members, caregivers, and health care workers are an important part of many of these narratives.

Dr. Mehret Mandefro sits with Zeritu Assefa, Lidetu Gebeyas and Tigist Gebeyas after filming in Ethiopia. (Truth Aid, Ethiopia)

Videographer David Murdock (left) with Dilu Dhabi, near Dilu’s home in the Achham District of Nepal. (Possible Health, Nepal)

Wondu provides some background on his organization, the Mathios Wondu Ethiopian Cancer Society. (Truth Aid, Ethiopia)

Voices of NCDI Poverty also aims to empower people living with NCDs from lower-income countries to have a larger voice in regional and global dialogues around NCDs and injuries. For more information about this part of the initiative, please contact the NCD Synergies team.

The Voices of NCDI Poverty project has grown through the collaboration and leadership of Andrew Marx, Dr. Yogesh Jain, national NCDI Poverty Commissions and local implementers such as Possible Health, Partners In Health communications staff, and filmmakers David Murdock of CameraOne Productions and Dr. Mehret Mandefro of Truth Aid. In addition to working with PIH Communications, NCD Synergies has also partnered with the NCD Alliance “Our Views, Our Voices” campaign, World Health Organization, and NCD Roundtable to share these narratives in other formats, and as part of a larger movement to connect and amplify the perspectives of people living with NCDs and injuries.

The Voices of NCDI Poverty project acknowledges the generous support received from The Leona and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and an individual donor to make this initiative possible.