RTI Center for Global Noncommunicable Diseases

Building evidence and capacity to reduce the global burden of noncommunicable diseases

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.

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Our Impact

We work in more than 40 countries around the world, partnering with governments, non-governmental organizations, private foundations, and multilateral organizations to address noncommunicable diseases in all stages, from detection to prevention to long-term disease management. Our experts conduct research that provides global and national policymakers with the evidence they need to make decisions to invest in and implement programs that reduce the burden of NCDs. Through our projects, RTI is strengthening health systems to respond to the NCD burden, empowering the next generation of NCD leaders, and conducting research to inform the design of NCD prevention and control programs.

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