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In September 2011, a group of scholars and doctors met to discuss the global devastation caused by non-communicable diseases (NCDs). These NCDs now account for "the majority of global morbidity and mortality and are increasingly affecting developing countries whose under-resourced health care systems also have to handle a high burden of infectious disease." The seven authors of this 84-page report released by the RAND Corporation in September 2011 crafted this policy research agenda to improve access to NCD medicines in developing countries. The report is divided into five different sections which address promising ideas for improving access to NCD medicines, barriers to access to NCD medicines, and a short section on improving stakeholder collaboration. It's an important document, and those persons with an interest in public health and the developing world will want to take a closer look.
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