Systemic solutions for addressing non-communicable diseases in low-and middle-income countries

Aakash Ganju, Alessandra C. Goulart, Amrit Ray, Anurita Majumdar, Barrett W. Jeffers, Gloria Llamosa, Henry Cañizares, Ianne Jireh Ramos-Cañizares, Ibtihal Fadhil, Kannan Subramaniam, Lee Ling Lim, Luna El Bizri, M. Ramesh, Mathew Guilford, Raghib Ali, Ratna Duddi Devi, Rayaz A. Malik, Shekhar Potkar, Yuan Pang Wang

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Abstract

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) have been on the rise in low-and middle-income countries (LMICs) over the last few decades and represent a significant healthcare concern. Over 85% of “premature” deaths worldwide due to NCDs occur in the LMICs. NCDs are an economic burden on these countries, increasing their healthcare expenditure. However, targeting NCDs in LMICs is challenging due to evolving health systems and an emphasis on acute illness. The major issues include limitations with universal health cover-age, regulations, funding, distribution and availability of the healthcare workforce, and availability of health data. Experts from across the health sector in LMICs formed a Think Tank to understand and examine the issues, and to offer potential opportunities that may address the rising burden of NCDs in these countries. This review presents the evidence and posits pragmatic solutions to combat NCDs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-707
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
Volume13
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Low-and middle-income countries
  • Multisectoral
  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Public–private partnership
  • Universal health coverage

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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