Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of human death and illness worldwide. Each year 41 million people die from an NCD such as cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, or diabetes. More than 80 percent of premature deaths from NCDs occur in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Inaction on this problem harms growth, human opportunity, and productivity.
The RTI Center for Global Noncommunicable Diseases leverages diverse expertise in health economics and policy, health system strengthening, program development and evaluation, communication science, and data science to help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goal set forth by the World Health Organization (WHO) to reduce mortality from NCDs by one-third by 2030.