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Developing Symptoms

Noncommunicable Diseases Go Global

Author: Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development
May/June 2012
Foreign Affairs


The main health threat in developing states today is not plagues or parasites but illnesses such as cancer and diabetes, noncommunicable diseases long associated with the rich world. NCDs are striking poorer, younger populations, and this could debilitate states and the global economy. The best way for the West to help is by pushing for governance reform.

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