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International Report

The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission Report

15 September 2020 marked the publication and launch of this report on "Bridging a Gap in Universal Health Coverage for the Poorest Billion". BCEPS' Ole Frithjof Norheim co-led one of the Commission's four working groups.

Lancet Poverty Commission Report
Global Launch 15 September 2020 -
The Lancet NCDI Poverty Commission

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Non-communicable diseases and injuries (NCDIs) cause more death and disability at every age among the world’s poorest billion than in wealthy countries. They are commonly represented as complications of ageing and development but they actually constitute a large and diverse burden of illness among children and young adults, who make up the largest proportion of people living in extreme poverty around the world.

Examples of non-communicable diseases and injuries include diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, respiratory diseases, cancer, rheumatic heart disease, kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, mental health disorders, as well as injuries from falls, natural disasters and road traffic accidents.

The Lancet NCDI Poverty Report proposes proven and cost-effective solutions that can save millions of lives.

A digital global launch took place on 15 September 2020. It was introduced by Chelsea Clinton, while the key findings of the report were presented by the Commission's co-chairs Gene Bukhman (Harvard Medical School) and Ana Mocumbi (Mozambique National Health Institute). BCEPS Director Ole Frithjof Norheim was one of 23 global health experts making up the Commission and he co-led one of four working groups together with Zulfi Bhutta (WHO).

For more information about the Commission, including recordings from the global launch and other relevant links, see: