|A patient in Kenya undergoes a full physical exam as part of an attempt to detect and treat non-communicable disease supported by Novartis Access. Photo: Bedad Mwangi|
- Almost 20% of global deaths in 2015 were linked to elevated blood pressure, according to the latest Global Burden of Disease study. The number of people in the world with high blood pressure, including hypertension, has doubled in the past two decades, putting billions at increased risk for heart disease, stroke and kidney disease.
- Cancer is growing almost everywhere in the world but the greatest increase between 2005 and 2015 occurred in the poorest countries that are least equipped to deal with it, according to a new analysis.
- 30% of all deaths from diabetes worldwide occur in the poorest countries bringing a double burden of disease – from communicable and non-communicable disease – to many countries in Africa, according to a new IHME report. Women often bear most of the burden.
- In 2015, Nusser helped launch Novartis Access which makes 15 on- and off-patent medicines available to treat NCDs at $1.00 per treatment per month.
- AstraZeneca’s Healthy Heart Africa program conducted one million hypertension screenings in Kenya, opened over 250 health facilities, trained over 2,600 health care workers, diagnosed close to 150,000 patients with high blood pressure and started treatment for 25,000 patients in its first year.
- Novo Nordisk is expanding its Base of the Pyramid Project, a sustainable initiative rolled out in 2010 to facilitate access to diabetes care for the working poor in low- and middle-income countries. The project has screened more than 20,000 people for diabetes.
And a major initiative involving 22 biopharmaceutical companies just launched Access Accelerated, a global initiative to increase access to NCD prevention and care in low- and lower-middle income countries, at the World Economic Forum on Jan. 18. Access Accelerated is supported by $50 million in funding and a pledge of increased individual company programs focused on NCDs.