Tackling NCD in LMIC: Achievements and Lessons Learned From the NHLBI-UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence Program.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Effectively tackling the growing noncommunicable disease (NCD) burden in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) is a major challenge. To address research needs in this setting for NCDs, in 2009, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and UnitedHealth Group (UHG) engaged in a public-private partnership that supported a network of 11 LMIC-based research centers and created the NHLBI-UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence (COE) Program. The Program's overall goal was to contribute to reducing the cardiovascular and lung disease burdens by catalyzing in-country research institutions to develop a global network of biomedical research centers. Key elements of the Program included team science and collaborative approaches, developing research and training platforms for future investigators, and creating a data commons. This Program embraced a strategic approach for tackling NCDs in LMICs and will provide capacity for locally driven research efforts that can identify and address priority health issues in specific countries' settings.

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Cited Authors

  • Engelgau, MM; Sampson, UK; Rabadan-Diehl, C; Smith, R; Miranda, J; Bloomfield, GS; Belis, D; Narayan, KMV; National Health, Lung, and Blood Institute–UnitedHealth Global Health Centers of Excellence Collaborators,

Published Date

  • March 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 5 - 15

PubMed ID

  • 27102018

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC4843818

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2211-8179

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.gheart.2015.12.016


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England