Promoting global non-communicable disease research and training

The Johns Hopkins Center for Global NCD Research and Training consists of faculty, fellows, and students from institutions across the United States and around the globe. Our mission is to conduct high-quality research and training for the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), with an aim to build local capacity through partnerships with local institutions and communities. Our current projects encompass subject matters ranging from clean cookstoves to mental health and involve sites in Peru, Uganda, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The burden of NCDs in LMICs is growing rapidly as a result of population aging, rapid unplanned urbanization, and the globalization of unhealthy lifestyles. We envision a robust and sustainable community of NCD researchers and trainees in both high and low income settings dedicated to improving health and well-being for all.

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In 2018, the WHO Independent High-Level Commission on Noncommunicable Diseases developed and published Time to Deliver, a report on the insufficient worldwide progress that has been made in fighting noncommunicable diseases. The report's aim is to educate world leaders and encourage them to make decisions that will lessen the burden of some of the world's leading causes of death. The report discusses the burden and impact of NCDs and mental disorders, the policies and programs that have driven progress in the past, current global commitments to prevent and treat NCDs, challenges to implementation, and specific recommendations for the effort against NCDs.


Recently, The Lancet put out a series of reports on the links between the control of noncommunicable diseases and economic growth. The papers show the connections between poverty and NCDs (and the importance of financial protection from high medical costs), that some NCD risk factors like tobacco and poor diet can be mitigated by means like price policies and taxation, and that economic growth is a result of investment in NCD control.


The World Health Organization has published an excellent introduction to the issues we currently investigate. Fuel for Life: Household Energy and Health is a comprehensive summary on the effects of household indoor air pollution on global health.  The document discusses the countries most impacted by IAP and the link between poverty and IAP-related illness. In addition, the article  discusses the need for a "Quantum Leap" in global energy consumption and potential steps we can take in the future.

 


The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University were recently awarded a USD 30 million grant to investigate the health benefits of replacing traditional biomass-burning stoves with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves in four low- and middle-income countries (Peru, Guatemala, Rwanda, and India). The goal of the study will be to provide compelling evidence of the global health burden posed by household air pollution in order to inform future policy decisions on the issue.