Why Is There No Funding For Non-Communicable Diseases?
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – including cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, mental illness, and respiratory conditions – have come to dominate the global burden of death and disability, yet attract less than 2% of all global health funding. The growing disconnect between global impact and financing is concerning as the NCD epidemic has become firmly established in low- and middle-income countries. This article explores why international funders systematically overlook the leading cause of global death and disability. Alongside artefact, ten potential reasons are presented, including lack of data, weak evidence for interventions, fragmentation of the NCD community, ineffective framing, vested commercial interests, inopportune timing, and the sheer scale and complexity of the problem.