CommentaryHealth Policy

Systems and Capacity to Address Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Science Translational Medicine  17 Apr 2013:
Vol. 5, Issue 181, pp. 181cm4
DOI: 10.1126/scitranslmed.3005121

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Abstract

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) are increasingly getting attention from different forums, including media outlets, health agencies, and the public and private sectors. Progress is being made in addressing NCDs, though more slowly in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) as compared with high-income settings. Here, we offer an analysis of the challenges faced in LMICs. We discuss realistic strategies to understand and develop capacity needs (workforce, finances, and infrastructure) and systems (institutions and processes) to sustainably optimize NCD prevention and care in LMICs.

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