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Focus Areas

Implementation Science for Noncommunicable Diseases

Creating actionable tailored solutions to NCD implementation challenges

To meet the rising global burden of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), many governments have developed national NCD policies and strategies. However, countries often face challenges effectively putting these strategies into practice. RTI delivers implementation science and technical support to assist governments and organizations to address challenges in planning, implementing, and scaling up NCD policies, programs, and system developments.

We take a “whole systems” approach to NCD implementation, ensuring interventions are integrated within national or organizational health priorities and the realities of health systems that may be better equipped to address acute conditions and specific population needs. Our experts collaborate with national and community stakeholders to tailor global NCD “best buy” recommended policies to be effective and acceptable in local contexts. We monitor delivery of these policies and programs to ensure quality implementation and work with local partners to identify delivery issues and make necessary modifications. We also evaluate existing country level policies and programs to assess impact, feasibility, and cost-effectiveness and to generate evidence for how best to address NCDs. Based on these evaluations, we assess and model how specific interventions may be scaled-up within countries to deliver maximum impact.

Cervical cancer prevention in India
Cervical cancer prevention in India

Project Highlight

Strengthening the Ecosystem for Cervical Cancer Prevention and Control in India

Though cervical cancer is the third-most-common cancer in India, it accounts for the highest number of cancer deaths. To understand this discrepancy, the American Cancer Study contracted RTI Global India to conduct a study on comprehensive cervical cancer prevention and screening in India, focusing on the states of Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Key insights indicate that both states are well-positioned to expand current secondary prevention implementation and eventually implement primary prevention.