Capitalizing on the Demographic Transition: Tackling Noncommunicable Diseases in South Asia
Increasing life expectancy in South Asia is resulting in a demographic transition that can, under the right circumstances, yield dividends through more favorable dependency ratios for a time. With aging, the disease burden shifts toward noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)1 which can threaten healthy aging. However, securing the gains expected from the demographic dividendâ€”where developing countriesâ€™ working and nondependent population increases and per capita income thus risesâ€” is both achievable and affordable through efficiently tacking NCDs with prevention and control efforts.
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