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RTI Center for Global Noncommunicable Diseases

Multidisciplinary, sustainable solutions to address the global burden of noncommunicable diseases

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of human death and illness worldwide, representing around 74 percent of all global deaths. Each year more than 41 million people die from these diseases, which include cancer, heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, mental illness, among others. The burden of NCDs is highest in low- and middle-income countries, where more than 80 percent of premature deaths are attributable to NCDs.  

RTI’s Center for Global Noncommunicable Diseases is directed by Dr. Angie Jackson-Morris, who draws on over 25 years of experience noncommunicable disease prevention and health service design work to provide leadership and technical oversight to our NCD programs.  

RTI’s Center for Noncommunicable Diseases Expertise

We leverage multidisciplinary technical expertise, research capacity, and programmatic experience to collaborate with governments and private sector partners to prevent and manage the negative health, economic, and social impacts of NCDs.  

Our team brings a breadth of expertise to develop sustainable solutions for NCDs, including:  

  • Policy and program design and implementation  
  • Formative research
  • Program evaluation
  • Strengthening health systems
  • Economics and finance
  • Technology solutions
  • Communication and behavioral science
  • Evidence generation 

RTI’s Center for Noncommunicable Diseases Approach

We address NCDs in all stages. Alongside governments, non-governmental organizations, private foundations, and multilateral organizations we are committed to working towards achieving the target outlined in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of reducing premature mortality from NCDs by one-third by 2030. 

We identify how NCD approaches and interventions can be integrated, financed, and delivered within health system capacities, drawing upon RTI’s wider organizational experience in addressing other long-standing global health challenges—including communicable diseases such as malaria, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, and neglected tropical diseases; health security and pandemic threats; and reproductive, maternal, and child health. We co-produce solutions alongside our partners that are tailored to national, local, and organizational circumstances.