NCDs: Learning from the Experience in High Income Countries

While there are significant differences between the NCD epidemics in countries of varying socio-economic development, there are many similarities. Lessons learned from our experiences in HIC can, and should, be applied to low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).

NCDs: Their Path Towards Global Dominance

Until very recently, NCDs were in the remote background of a global health agenda dominated by infectious and maternal/neonatal ailments in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC). And in fact, globally deaths from communicable, maternal, neonatal and nutritional causes dropped from 34% in 1990 to 25% in 2010. At the same time, however, NCDs have continued to increase and today account for almost two-thirds of deaths worldwide. Cardiovascular disease alone is the leading cause of death with 80% of those deaths occurring in LMIC.

The funding is commendable: but what about coordination? Working together to save children’s lives

There are roughly 750 days left to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among other benchmarks, this means reducing the number of child deaths worldwide by two-thirds (MDG4).

Addressing the impact of noncommunicable diseases

In the world today, more people live in urban than in rural communities, more people are overweight than are underweight, and more people die from noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) than from infections.

Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time

A country ravaged by 14 years of civil war, Liberia has imminent needs spanning every sector. Both the international community and the Government of Liberia (GoL) have identified strengthening health systems as a key priority. The civil war reduced the available health workforce and impacted the country’s ability to provide essential health services. Although the … Continue reading “Strengthening Liberia’s health system one map at a time”

Women Deliver Day 1: Saying NO to cervical cancer: Promising advances in global HPV vaccination

Even before my dear friend, Cindy deNeve, died young of cervical cancer, I cared deeply about prevention via HPV vaccination. My new granddaughter and Cindy’s two small daughters will avoid cervical cancer because they can afford the expensive vaccine. Not so for millions of young girls in poor and middle income countries.

Practical strategies to engage patients with integrated health care

If the goal of health care organizations is better health outcomes for their clients, then patient engagement is key. Health care providers who are engaging patients consider the patients’ needs, preferences and perspectives when care decisions are being made. Patient engagement leads to higher patient satisfaction and lower costs.