Financing of Non Communicable Disease Prevention in Low and Middle Income Countries

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death and disability worldwide. Four out of five premature deaths due to NCDs are in a low and middle income country (LMIC). The evidence shows that prevention of NCDs is cost effective. Despite this, both national governments and international development assistance provides very little financing for NCD prevention. However policy action, even if cost effective, does incur implementation costs, and the lack of knowledge on how to put in place sustainable financing and approaches for NCD prevention have been a critical barrier to progress.

This project will address a key knowledge gap by generating information on the different models for financing NCD prevention and integration with existing health systems. The research team will use a case study approach to collect up to 10 examples of how NCD prevention has been, or could be addressed and financed in LMICs.

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24 months

IDRC Officer

Madiha Ahmed

Total funding

CA$ 214,100


Food, Environment, and Health

Project Leader

Dr. Sania Nishtar


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