The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Authors: Mitchell Daniels Jr, Thomas Donilon, Thomas Bollyky, Independent Task Force


Rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and other noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) in low- and middle-income countries are increasing faster, in younger people, and with worse outcomes than in wealthier countries. In 2013 alone, NCDs killed eight million people before their sixtieth birthdays in developing countries. A new CFR-sponsored Independent Task Force report and accompanying interactive look at the factors behind this epidemic and the ways the United States can best fight it.

The co-chairs of the Task Force are Mitchell E. Daniels Jr., Purdue University president, former Indiana governor, and former Office of Management and Budget director, and Thomas E. Donilon, distinguished fellow at CFR and former national security advisor to President Barack Obama. Thomas J. Bollyky, CFR senior fellow for global health, economics, and development, directed the project. The bipartisan Task Force, CFR's first devoted to a global health issue, is composed of a distinguished group of experts that includes former government officials, scholars, and others.

The report cites analysis conducted by Disease Control Priorities in its discussion of the cost-effectiveness of  low-cost drugs for managing heart attacks (page 49).

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Daniels, ME. Donilon TE, Bollyky T, Independent Task Force. The Emerging Global Health Crisis: Noncommunicable Diseases in Low-and Middle-Income Countries. Council on Foreign Relations Independent Task Force Report No. 72. December 2014.