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10 facts on health inequities and their causes

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Zoltan Balogh

About 80% of noncommunicable diseases are in low- and middle-income countries

In low-resource settings, health-care costs for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) can quickly drain household resources, driving families into poverty. The exorbitant costs of NCDs are forcing 100 million people into poverty annually, stifling development.

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