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Global Noncommunicable Diseases

Overcoming obstacles surrounding noncommunicable diseases through implementation-focused strategies

Our team is committed to addressing the large and growing burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) worldwide. We work with countries to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Target 3.4, which aims to reduce by one-third premature mortality from NCDs by 2030.

We apply our wide-ranging expertise to work with countries in scaling up implementation of cost-effective NCD detection, prevention, and control. We also generate new evidence to guide global and national decision-making to reduce the burden of NCDs, as well as provide experienced policy advice.

Demonstrating Expertise in a Host of Therapeutic Areas

To help address the burden of NCDs, we partner with local communities; national, state, and municipal governments; research institutes; and the private sector. Our team uses a number of tools to improve health outcomes across the care continuum in the following areas:

  • Health economics, cost-effectiveness, economic burden
  • Epidemiology, burden of disease, health impact assessment
  • Intervention and program design, continuum of care
  • NCD strategy and policy development
  • Quality of care improvement
  • Implementation and technical assistance
  • Health literacy
  • Behavior change
  • Surveillance, disease registries
  • Monitoring and evaluation

We focus our efforts on some key topics, including:

  • NCD risk factors
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic respiratory disease
  • Nutrition and healthy food systems
  • Diseases of poverty

Implementing Knowledge in Pursuit of NCD Prevention and Control

We put our expertise into practice in the focus areas detailed above. Our team has been making strides in NCD prevention and control in a number of vital areas, as evidenced by these selected projects:

  • Cardiovascular care quality improvement interventions: influencing physician behavior to reduce premature mortality from acute cardiovascular disease events by 25 percent over 5 years
  • Cost and cost-effectiveness assessment of national-level NCD strategic plan: generating the evidence base needed to select an optimal mix of interventions and estimate the funding required to implement a nationwide strategic plan to combat NCDs
  • Development of global diabetes models: using epidemiological modeling to evaluate feasible reductions in prevalence 
  • Communication for breast cancer detection: ensuring that web-based physician resources are responsive to stakeholder needs and adhere to best practices in health communication
  • HIV/AIDs and NCD integration: providing data analysis and project assessment to leverage existing HIV/AIDS infrastructure to combat NCDs

Local Problems, Local Partners: Applying Thought Leadership in Specific Country Settings

Through these and other projects, we bring proven skills in building stronger health systems with the technical knowledge of health risks and diseases that are growing rapidly throughout the world. Contact us to learn more about how we pursue solutions in NCD prevention and control all over the globe.