The Commission is working with a group of low- and lower-middle-income countries with large concentrations of people living in extreme poverty to assess the burden of disease from NCDIs among the poorest and to identify and advocate for policies and integrated delivery platforms that would effectively address and reduce that burden.

Ten countries established national NCDI Poverty Commissions or Groups in 2016. Six of those countries have completed their analyses and published reports summarizing their key findings and recommendations.

An additional six countries are forming Commissions in 2019, after having participated in an NCDI National NCDI Poverty Commission Initiators’ Workshop in Dubai in December 2018.

As indicated in the map above, The first group of National Commission countries included: AfghanistanEthiopia, HaitiKenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Rwanda, and Tanzania. The second group of Commissions includes Sierra Leone, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe — all of which have initiated their work as of July 30, 2019 – plus Chhattisgarh State in India and Madagascar. 

As a platform to build community and to share information, analytical tools, and lessons from experience across the commissions, National Commissioners have participated and presented in regular Knowledge Exchanges hosted in partnership with the World Bank. The aim of these dialogues is to foster shared learning, collaboration, and development of best practices among a network of clinicians, policymakers, activists, and researchers that now involves more than 176 NCDI leaders in countries that comprise around half of the world’s poorest billion people. 

National Commission members have also engaged in numerous advocacy and policy activities, calling for a global NCDI agenda more inclusive of populations living in extreme poverty. Many countries participated in the Voices of NCDI Poverty Project – a videography platform to highlight the lived experience of people, families and caregivers living with severe, chronic NCDs in settings of extreme poverty.