Solvable Problem: Preventable & Treatable Diseases

Reduce the personal, societal, and economic impact from three Non-Communicable Diseases—cervical cancer, diabetes (Type 2), and hypertension.

What do cervical cancer, Type 2 diabetes, and hypertension have in common? These are three diseases that are largely preventable, easily screened/diagnosed, and treatable with known therapies.
Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer among women, with over 500,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Over 84 percent of cervical cancer cases occur in less developed countries. Mortality from the disease ranges from just 2 per 100,000 in the US to over 25 per 100,000 in Eastern Africa. Cervical cancer is generally rare in higher income countries that have used a combination of awareness programs, vaccination, screening/early detection and treatment to combat the disease. It remains the third leading cause of death in lower and middle-income countries.
Over 400 million people globally suffer from Type 2 diabetes, with 8.5 percent of adults globally diagnosed with the disease in 2014. In 1980, the global prevalence was just 4.7 percent. Diabetes contributes to or causes a host of other conditions, including kidney failure, heart disease, and blindness, and kills an estimated 1.5 million people directly and another 2.2 million indirectly. This is a so-called “lifestyle disease,” preventable or controllable through diet and physical activity. It is also manageable through treatment and regular screenings to avoid complications.

Solving the Solvable

The United Nations’ Global Goals provide a comprehensive vision for a sustainable future. However, their broad reach often leaves individuals, organizations, and governments wondering, “Where do we begin?” We believe that starting with a focus on specific, solvable problems, within the context of these Goals, offers a path forward to create enduring, systemic change.
Within the time frame of the Global Goals, cervical cancer can be virtually eliminated, and Type 2 diabetes and hypertension prevalence and complications can be significantly reduced. The most viable solutions to all three diseases require major awareness campaigns as well as the collaboration of governments, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations to ensure availability of screening and treatment.
Zero Hunger
Good Health and Well-Being
Gender Equality
Clean Water and Sanitation

Preventable & Treatable Disease Stories

"We already know that non-communicable diseases will cost over $30 trillion within the next 20 years and kill more people globally than other diseases. It is those living at the bottom of the pyramid that will be most impacted. Joining the PYXERA Global Engagement Forum to work with collaborators and innovators will help us prevent, diagnose, and treat NCDs—ensuring we solve the solvable."

Cate O’Kane