Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases are becoming increasingly important as causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. In response to this growing global health concern, GHLI partners with colleagues in Uganda and the Eastern Caribbean to focus on non-communicable diseases (NCD).
GHLI began work related to NCDs at its 2013 Forum for Change, which included a delegation of diverse stakeholders from Uganda that convened to develop an integrated strategy to address diabetes and hypertension. In collaboration with faculty at theYale School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine,the delegation developed a plan to improve care for patients with NCDs, resulting in the creation of the Uganda Initiative for Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases(UINCD). In 2016, Yale faculty affiliated with UINCD received funding to support research and the development of a Center of Excellence for NCD research,education, and care in rural Uganda. In addition, a dedicated UINCD building was opened at the Mulago Hospital Campusin Kampala, Uganda.
GHLI also provides support to the Eastern Caribbean Health Outcomes Research Network (ECHORN), a project which studies the risk factors and prevalence of heart disease, cancer and diabetes in the Eastern Caribbean. Working across the islands of Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, GHLI collaborated with ECHORN to build regional capacity for leadership in health outcomes research and facilitated the translation of research into policy and practice.