Healthcare professionals work tirelessly to help people — and their communities — live healthier lives. But not all communities have equal access to the care they need. Half the world’s population still lacks access to essential healthcare services.
Marginalized communities are disproportionately impacted by noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Those three NCDs alone cause 74% of all deaths globally, and more than three-quarters of those cases occur in low- and middle-income countries. This heavily burdens the health systems that care for people living with NCDs.