Economics of NCD Prevention

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8 John Adam Street, London, WC2N 6EZ

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Start: Thursday, 2 May 2019 @ 8.30am

End: Thursday, 2 May 2019 @ 10.00am

We’re delighted to welcome Dr Rachel Nugent Vice-President – Global Non-communicable Diseases, RTI International. The seminar will be hosted at the RSA.

Developing country governments have to make hard decisions about health spending. They are charged with reducing premature non-communicable disease (NCD) mortality by 30% over the next 12 years and many countries are simultaneously promising to provide Universal Health Care. Between 2000-2015 NCD deaths globally rose by 23% on an age-adjusted basis with the highest increase seen in low-income countries (14% rise in premature NCD mortality). DCP3 estimated that it will take about $97/capita in low- and middle-income countries to pay for essential UHC packages with roughly 2/3 of that total needed for NCDs, injuries, and palliative care. On current trends, less than half of that total is available in India and sub-Saharan Africa; and  less than one-fifth is available in fragile states. Estimates are that the SDGs require $2-7 trillion in resources. Currently, official development assistance stands at about $150 billion, with global health garnering about one-fifth of the total. The amount available for NCDs is <$1 billion or 2-3% of total DAH. This talk shows how health economics is used to help countries make efficient and equitable spending decisions to slow the rise in health and economic burden from NCDs.


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About the speaker: Dr Rachel Nugent

Rachel Nugent is Vice President for Global Non-communicable Diseases at RTI International. She leads a global initiative to prevent and reduce the health and economic burdens of chronic non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Prior to this position, Rachel was Associate Professor in the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington and Director of the Disease Control Priorities Network. She received her M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from the George Washington University in Washington, DC, USA.  She is a member of multiple advisory panels including the WHO Expert Panel on Management of Cardiovascular Disease and currently serves on The Lancet Commission on NCDIs of the Poorest Billion. She recently was on the National Academy of Medicine Workshop Planning Committee on Global Obesity.

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