By The International NCD Economics Research Network
Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease, are responsible for seven out of every 10 deaths worldwide. While NCDs are often associated with aging in high-income countries, each year they are estimated to kill 15 million people between the ages of 30 and 69 years, more than 85 percent of them in low-and middle-income countries.
Aiming to expand the evidence base on the economic burden of NCDs and the importance of NCD prevention and control programs globally, the International NCD Economics Research Network has launched a PLOS Special Collection titled “Economic Cases for NCD Prevention and Control: A Global Perspective”. The Special Collection currently features nine articles published in PLOS ONE on economic evaluations of interventions, investment cases for NCD interventions, evaluation of NCD risk reduction policies, socioeconomic distribution of risk behaviors, and the economic impacts of NCDs on households, health systems, and nations.
NCDs, with high productivity losses and healthcare costs, can strain economies with limited healthcare systems, undermine social and economic development, and dramatically affect a country’s health security and stability. However, investments in effective NCD prevention and control strategies can result in millions of premature deaths averted and billions in economic output gained.
Additional papers are forthcoming, so please check back here.
About the International NCD Economics Research Network
The International NCD Economics Research Network, a global coalition of academic, governmental, and nongovernmental partners co-chaired by experts at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Protection, RTI International, and the University of Illinois, Chicago, produces and shares peer-reviewed evidence on the economic impact of NCD prevention and control programs and policies, informing NCD strategies globally.
The new Special Collection adds to previous research undertaken by the Network and previously published in a collection titled “Noncommunicable Disease Risk Factors in Developing Countries: Policy Perspectives,” in Preventive Medicine, highlighting economic research on policies influencing NCD risk factors. The Network also develops tools and supports capacity building for conducting costing evaluations of NCD interventions.