Thursday, February 4, 2010

[EQ] Collaborating Centers of Excellence Set to Combat Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries

Collaborating Centers of Excellence Set to Combat Chronic Diseases in Developing Countries

UnitedHealth and the NHLBI Collaborating Centers of Excellence

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)  Global Health Initiative Website:

“…..A worldwide network of research and training centers will build institutional and community capacity to prevent and control chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular, lung diseases, and diabetes, announced the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). 


- Bangladesh

- China

- Guatemala

- India (Bangalore)

- India (New Delhi)

- Kenya

- Peru

- South Africa

- Tunisia

- U.S.-Mexico Border

The NHLBI and the UnitedHealth Chronic Disease Initiative are working together to establish a network of 11 Collaborating Centers of Excellence in low- and middle-income countries to build sustainable programs to combat chronic cardiovascular and lung diseases. Research and outreach activities are being conducted in 21 developing countries. In addition, each developing country is paired with at least one partner academic institution in a developed country to enhance research and training opportunities.

Reducing Chronic Diseases Must Be a Global Priority

Chronic diseases are universal. They affect the young and the elderly, the rich and the poor, and every ethnic group. They impact entire communities and entire nations. And, they cost millions of dollars in lost productivity and care.

Populations in developing countries are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases, with more individuals developing chronic diseases at younger ages than those in higher income countries. Chronic diseases account for around 60 percent of all deaths globally, and 80 percent of these deaths occur in low- and middle-income countries.

Information on the UnitedHealth Group can be found at

The Lancet, Volume 373, Issue 9680, Pages 2004 - 2006, 13 June 2009 - doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(09)61074-6

Combating chronic disease in developing countries

Elizabeth G Nabel a, Simon Stevens b, Richard Smith b

Globalisation has affected every aspect of modern life, and health and disease are no different.
“..The global health landscape is rapidly shifting away from one dominated by infectious diseases to one characterised by various chronic conditions…”


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