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More than 80 percent of noncommunicable diseases affect populations in low- or middle-income countries — yet NCDs aren’t always considered a development issue.

The Lancet Taskforce on NCDs and economics found a strong connection between controlling NCDs and economic growth, stating that “poverty drives and is driven by NCDs.” Despite the increasing problem of NCDs, NCDs haven’t found themselves on the global development health agenda.

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  • Lottie Watters

    Lottie Watters formerly covered career and hiring trends, tips, and insights. Lottie has a background in geography and journalism, taking a particular interest in grassroots international development projects. She has worked with organizations delivering clean water and sanitation projects globally.