Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

More Partnerships Needed for NCDs

Academic journal article Bulletin of the World Health Organization

More Partnerships Needed for NCDs

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Not enough global health partnerships are addressing the health-care needs of low- and middle-income countries for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), according to a review of global health partnerships conducted by the Washington-based not-for-profit organization, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR).

The review released last month found that only 14% of the 220 partnerships surveyed were focused on NCDs, including diabetes, depression, heart disease and stroke, breast and cervical cancer, with activities ranging from the licensing of compounds for the manufacture of medicines to the provision of education

As a group, NCDs account for over 63% of deaths globally and constitute the main causes of death in all regions, apart from Africa. Last year, global leaders gathered at the United Nations in New York made fighting these diseases a top priority.

"Given the disproportionate and growing disease burden presented by NCDs in developing countries, it is critical to global health goals that global health partnerships increase their focus on NCDs," the review said.

"At the same time, companies must maintain and continue scaling the legacy partnerships (e. …

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