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Addressing Health Priorities in LMICs with Universal Health Coverage


Katie Dain, CEO, NCD Alliance
Dr. Tom Frieden, President and CEO, Resolve To Save Lives
Carmen Villar, Vice President, Social Business Innovation, Merck


With lead Programming Sponsor

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“For those of you who may not know, noncommunicable diseases are those chronic conditions that we think about in terms of cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and they cause 41 million preventable deaths per year.”

– Carmen Villar

“Most of the heart attacks and strokes in the world are preventable with easily reachable technologies that we have today.”

– Tom Frieden

“Most health systems in low- and middle-income countries are still really oriented towards acute care. It needs to shift to much more of a chronic care model which prioritizes early detection, health promotion, and prevention.”

– Katie Dain

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Cardiovascular disease is a leading global cause of death, but it often receives less attention and resources compared to other diseases.
  • Universal health coverage is crucial in addressing noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular diseases, as it ensures access to essential services and medicines without financial hardship.
  • Partnerships involving governments, civil society, and the private sector are essential in tackling NCDs, and policy change is a powerful tool for progress.
  • Advocacy is necessary for increased funding and resources for NCD prevention and treatment, focusing on cost-effective interventions.
  • Promote a people-centered approach, involving individuals living with NCDs in the design and implementation of strategies, to address these diseases.