Lack of resources and investment in NCD prevention and care is costing the world millions of lives and dollars each year. Yet, there are powerful and cost-effective actions that countries can take to turn the tide on NCDs. An investment of less than US$1 per person per year in cost effective measures to prevent and treat NCDs could save 7 million lives in LMICs, add a total of 50 million years of healthy life, and help realize US$230 billion in economic gains by 2030.
For decades, NCDs have remained one of the most underfunded global health issues relative to the billions of people impacted—with a paltry 1-2% of total development assistance for health dedicated to NCDs in the past 20 years.
This year, we are calling on governments, donors, international agencies and the private sector to bridge this investment gap and address the fundamental mismatch between the healthcare needs and rights of people living with NCDs, and the resources allocated to respond.