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Report28 September 2021


Letter from the CEOs   From the earliest reports of the novel coronavirus in China through social distancing orders, sickness—exacerbated by chronic disease—and the tragic loss of too many lives,…

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Newsletter8 September 2021

Access Today: The Key has Always Been Partnership & Collaboration

As the World Health Assembly came to a close this past August, a renewed commitment to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of reducing the mortality rate of NCDs globally.…

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Newsletter30 June 2021

Access Today: Recommitting to the Fight Against NCDs

As the World Health Assembly came to a close this past month, a renewed commitment to meeting the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of reducing the mortality rate of NCDs globally.…

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News29 June 2021

Q&A: The Updated Access Accelerated Open Platform

What is the Access Accelerated Open Platform? The Access Accelerated Open Platform (AAOP) is a knowledge resource and dashboard that provides a centralized information repository of action on non-communicable diseases…

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Newsletter31 May 2021

Access Today: Combatting the Silent Pandemic

While COVID-19 was at the forefront of everyone’s minds over the past year, the distribution of effective vaccines has allowed for many countries to start reopening and begin the process of…

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Newsletter30 April 2021

Access Today: Building a Fairer, Healthier World for All

In recent years, many countries have experienced rapid economic growth, migration and urbanization. Such vast change can often amplify barriers to care, especially for people living with NCDs. As the…

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Newsletter28 March 2021

Access Today: Combating NCDs with Data

NCDs are the leading causes of mortality and morbidity globally, with the majority of the burden being placed on lower-middle-income countries. Data provides real-world evidence that can be harnessed to…

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Newsletter8 March 2021

Access Today: Accelerating Global Progress on NCDs

Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a vital part of investor decision-making. Doing well on ESG metrics, which cover the non-financial aspects of a company’s management, provides important…

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News4 February 2021

Redefining Cancer Care: World Cancer Day 2021

Our 20+ member companies have long-held commitments to cancer prevention and treatment. In fighting a disease that’s the second leading cause of death globally, our members and partners are redefining…

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News1 February 2021

Director’s Note: Where ESG and NCDs Intersect

Download the following article here.   Environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors have become a vital part of investor decision-making. Doing well on ESG metrics, which cover the non-financial aspects…

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Newsletter27 January 2021

Access Today: Ringing in a Resilient New Year

2020 was a year of unprecedented challenges that tested our day-to-day lives, our health systems and communities at large. With a new year before us, we have new opportunities to reenergize our efforts…

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News25 January 2021

Q&A on the Access Accelerated & World Bank Partnership

Access Accelerated and the World Bank recently approved joint funding for seven new projects to address barriers to non-communicable disease (NCD) prevention, treatment and care across 20 countries. The projects…

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Newsletter22 December 2020

Access Today: A Reflection on 2020

2020 was a year unlike any other – with the far-reaching impact of the COVID-19 pandemic transforming lives across borders. While this year has exposed barriers and inequities in health…

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News14 December 2020

Access Accelerated and World Bank Expand Partnership, Announce New Projects in 20 Countries to Mitigate Non-Communicable Disease and COVID-19 Burden

Projects to inform policies for more effective NCD care solutions in low- and middle-income countries   Geneva (December 14, 2020) – Access Accelerated and the World Bank Group today announced…

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Report2 December 2020

Our Partners: PATH Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated and PATH have a shared commitment to reduce preventable deaths and disability caused by NCDs. Over the last three years, we have been working together to increase access…

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Newsletter25 November 2020

Access Today: Taking Action to Confront Diabetes

In November 2020, the World Health Organization reported that nearly one in five COVID-19 deaths in Africa were among people with diabetes. These staggering numbers reinforce the importance of our…

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Report23 November 2020

Our Partners: NCD Alliance Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated and the NCD Alliance (NCDA) began working together in 2018. Together our organizations are supporting people living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) to drive effective and sustainable change that ensures…

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Report23 November 2020

The Journey of the Pill: Findings of the NCD Commodity Supply Chain Assessment in Ghana

Noncommunicable diseases kill 41 million people each year, representing 71% of all deaths globally. The Global NCD Action Plan sets a goal of “80% availability of the affordable basic technologies…

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Report23 November 2020

RESPONDING TO COVID-19: Access Accelerated Fact Sheet

Today, people living with NCDs—cardiovascular disease, cancer, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes—are at increased risk of severe illness and death from COVID-19. This unprecedented pandemic is highlighting the critical need…

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Report23 November 2020

About Access Accelerated: Fact Sheet

Launched in 2017 with more than 20 member companies, Access Accelerated is the largest collective industry effort to address inequities in noncommunicable disease (NCD) care. Fueled by the belief that…

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News18 November 2020

NCD Champions: Supporting Communities During Uncertain Times

Lea Kilenga was diagnosed with sickle cell disease at birth – she wasn’t expected to live past the age of eight. However, 20 years later, Lea is at the forefront…

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News18 November 2020

NCD Champions: Responding to crisis

Dr. Dennis Laryea is a Senior Specialist in Public Health with the Ghana Health Service (GHS). He has dedicated his career to strengthening public health practices and supporting people living…

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Report18 November 2020


Access Accelerated and the World Heart Federation (WHF) started working together in 2018 to fight cardiovascular disease (CVD) – the world’s number one killer – by strengthening cardiovascular health and…

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Event28 October 2020

Reimagining Primary Care During the Era of COVID-19 and Beyond

On 28 October, Access Accelerated and the World Bank hosted a webinar focused on the role of public-private partnerships in strengthening primary care systems against the backdrop of a global…

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Video28 October 2020

Respond with Resilience: A new approach to global health

The challenges of COVID-19 have reinforced the need for strong and resilient health systems that can meet the demands of both chronic illness and infectious disease crises. As we continue…

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Report21 October 2020

Our Partners: The World Bank Group Fact Sheet

Over the last three years, the World Bank Group and Access Accelerated have been working together to accelerate sustainable and scalable solutions to NCD prevention, treatment and care. Together, we…

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Newsletter14 October 2020

Access Today: Reimagining Partnerships in the Time of COVID-19

In September 2020, for the first time in its 75-year history, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was held virtually. This is one of many “firsts” for the global community…

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News14 October 2020

NCD Champions: Adapting to New Challenges

Dr. Bernard Gitura is one of Kenya’s leading Cardiologists and the President of the Kenya Cardiac Society. Throughout his career, Dr. Gitura has worked to ensure that everyone has access…

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News7 October 2020

Heart Talks: Advancing Cardiovascular Health during COVID-19

This month, the World Heart Federation is launching Heart Talks, a new webinar series to discuss, debate and explore the future of cardiovascular health and of its workforce. During the…

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News5 October 2020

Championing Mental Health in Times of Crisis

The first Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Brock Chisholm, once said, “without mental health there can be no true physical health.”   Although the world is in…

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News1 October 2020

Director’s Note: Amid COVID-19 World Heart Day reminds us why cardiovascular diseases deserve our attention

For five years now the World Bank has been working to strengthen Ukraine’s capacity to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs), with a focus on cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). During this time, the…

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News29 September 2020

Heart Health in the Time of COVID: A Conversation with Servier

This year, World Heart Day on September 29 is taking place during an unprecedented time for the global community. Everyday lives and services have been significantly disrupted, and health systems…

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Video17 September 2020


Everyone should have access to quality prevention, treatment and care. Access Accelerated is helping the public and private sectors work better together to support strong and resilient health systems that…

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Report16 September 2020

Access Observatory Releases 2020 Annual Report

In September 2020, the Access Observatory released its annual report, “Demonstrating Commitment to Impact Through Measurement and Reporting.” Designed and managed by Boston University, the Access Observatory is an independent…

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Report10 September 2020

Our Partners: C/Can Fact Sheet

Over the last three years, Access Accelerated and C/Can have worked hand in hand to improve access to quality cancer care – no matter where someone lives in the world.…

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News24 August 2020

Building Back Better Supply Chains: A conversation with Bayer

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, so must our response and the solutions we put forward. Supply chain management has become increasingly complex during this crisis, with multi-country disruptions…

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News18 August 2020

Director’s Note: Unlocking Digital Health for NCD Solutions

The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked an uptick in all things digital — from virtual workplaces to telehealth appointments to family gatherings via video conference. The culture of piloting and experimentation…

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News12 August 2020


For all its devastation, one improvement the COVID-19 pandemic could catalyze is the advancement of the role digital technologies play in bridging gaps in access to healthcare for a range…

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Newsletter11 August 2020

Access Today: Bringing People Living with NCDs to the Center

With every COVID-19 surge, people living with NCDs face greater risk, and the troubling numbers remind us how important our work is to protect people who are more vulnerable during…

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Report3 August 2020

Access Accelerated Publishes Year 3 Report

Access Accelerated is proud to launch its Year 3 report, chronicling our collective efforts in 2019 to advance access to NCD prevention, treatment and care in low- and middle-income countries.…

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Newsletter30 June 2020

Access Today: Navigating a “New Normal”

COVID-19 has raised the stakes for health system strengthening efforts, and unrest in communities around the world is elevating the importance of local engagement and equity. Together, we’re navigating a…

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News29 June 2020

Allies in a battle against NCDs in Kenya

Through pilot projects, analytical work and knowledge sharing, the World Bank and Access Accelerated are collaborating on programs to tackle the burden of NCDs.   In Kenya, the World Bank…

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News18 June 2020

Supply Chain Challenges During COVID-19 & Creative Solutions for People Living with NCDs

The COVID-19 crisis continues to shine a light on the stark inequities of care delivery and prevention around the world. There is so much we can learn from the responses…

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News18 June 2020

Director’s Note: Leveraging resources, strengthening investments

Systemic barriers, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, continue to have a significant impact on care access, prevention and treatment. Where someone lives, their job (or lack of), where their…

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Newsletter20 May 2020

Access Today: Supply Chain Resilience in the Wake of COVID-19

As COVID-19 disrupts daily life across the globe, it has become more clear that an efficient supply chain is fundamental to our health and well-being. From low supply of protective…

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News16 April 2020

Director’s Note: Resilient Supply Chains, Resilient Health Systems

The global personal protective equipment (PPE) shortage is bringing much-needed attention to supply chain management challenges. Health workers, policymakers and everyday citizens are questioning what systems need to be in…

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Newsletter31 March 2020

Access Today: Standing Together to Face Today’s Health Challenges

Three decades. That’s how long NCDs have been the leading cause of death among women globally. With NCDs affecting women at an alarming rate, Access Accelerated is bringing attention to…

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News23 March 2020

Director’s Note: COVID-19 & the NCD Community

There is much to learn as the world rapidly responds to infectious disease outbreaks like COVID-19. Access Accelerated sees these learnings as both applicable and critical for our work with…

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Report6 March 2020

Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya

“Economic and Social Consequences of Cancer in Kenya: Case Studies of Selected Households” is a qualitative study to shed light on the patient journey. Through several case studies, we gain…

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News28 February 2020

Access Accelerated Statement on Coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus and disease it causes, COVID-19, continues to spread, Access Accelerated is closely watching the outbreak and thinking of all those affected. We stand by the health…

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Video16 February 2020

Turning the Tide: BBC documentary showcases Access Accelerated’s NCD strategy in action

The global burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) disproportionately affects low- and middle-income countries, where 86% of premature NCD deaths occur. Only by working together – across sectors – can we…

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Video14 February 2020

Driving NCD Advocacy in Ghana

UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.4 is not only a commitment to NCD prevention and treatment, but also in support of mental health and well-being. In Ghana, Martha Coffie is leading…

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Video14 February 2020

Cultivating Community Participation in Vietnam

Access Accelerated, PATH and Vietnam’s Ministry of Health are scaling a successful hypertension prevention and management program, originally started by the Novartis Foundation in Ho Chi Minh City in 2016,…

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Video14 February 2020

Reforming Rural Healthcare in Kenya

Did you know 75% of Kenyans who live with hypertension don’t know they have it? Known as “the silent killer,” hypertension can lead to stroke, heart failure, and for Joseph…

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News4 February 2020

Director’s Note: How “We Will” Partner for a Cancer-Free World

On 4 February, the global community united to recognize World Cancer Day and join the “I Am, I Will” rallying cry.   On LinkedIn, Access Accelerated Director James Pfitzer shared…

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Newsletter31 January 2020

Access Today: New Year, Same Dedication to NCD Control

At Access Accelerated, our efforts are focused on SDG 3.4 – by 2030, reduce by one third premature mortality from non-communicable diseases through prevention and treatment and promote mental health…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Ghana: Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated is working with our partners to amplify the voices of people living with NCDs in Ghana, advance data-driven decisions to inform health policy and improve the delivery of…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Kenya: Fact Sheet

Our work in Kenya focuses on overcoming barriers to care including policy, regulatory, financial and delivery hurdles. Effectively addressing these barriers requires multiple sectors working together.   Through our partnerships…

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Report1 January 2020

Access Accelerated in Vietnam: Fact Sheet

Access Accelerated is concentrating its work in Vietnam to support the integration of NCD services and screening into primary healthcare. We are working with partners to scale pilot programs nationally…

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Report25 September 2019

Advancing UHC for NCD Care

Industry Contributions through Access Accelerated   Universal health coverage (UHC) has become an increasingly powerful common cause in global health as countries around the world seek to bring quality care…

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News29 August 2019

In lead up to TICAD, Japan shows commitment to global health

Japanese Companies – Six Cross Cutting Principles   As Japanese engagement in solving global health challenges increases, we asked Access member companies for their perspective on how to put our…

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Video28 August 2019

Access Accelerated at TICAD 2019

At the Seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD7), Access Accelerated, in partnership with the Japan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (JPMA), hosted a side event titled, “Accelerating Sustainable UHC by…

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News8 August 2019

Access Observatory Releases 2019 Report

In July 2019, the Boston University Access Observatory, an independently developed measurement framework that is separate from Access Accelerated, published its SECOND ANNUAL REPORT, “Establishing the Foundation for Shared Learning.”…

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Video20 May 2019

Access Accelerated at the 72nd World Health Assembly

On the margins of the 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019, Access Accelerated hosted a side event that convened public-private partnership builders to share practical experiences, challenges, successes and…

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News20 May 2019

Key Learnings in Program Design & Implementation

Access Accelerated in Action shares experiences from 19 member company NCD access programs implemented in collaboration with more than 50 cross-sector partners   GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – 20 May 2019 – Today,…

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Report20 May 2019

Access Accelerated: Year Two Report

  We are catalyzing new and existing public-private partnerships to increase access to NCD prevention, treatment and care. In our second year, we made a number of important advances to…

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News4 April 2019

Servier and Ipsen Join Access Accelerated to Fight Growing NCD Burden

Two global biopharmaceutical companies join effort to address the growing non-communicable disease burden in low- and middle-income countries   GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – Today, IPSEN and SERVIER, two global biopharmaceutical companies,…

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News3 April 2019

Momentum in Kenya: Increasing access to NCD care in the context of UHC

  Access Accelerated returned to Kenya from 28 February to 1 March for the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stakeholder meeting, “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs,” co-hosted with the Ministry…

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News3 April 2019

In the News: “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs”

The Kenya Ministry of Health, NCD Alliance Kenya and Access Accelerated hosted the non-communicable diseases (NCDs) stakeholder meeting, “Redefining UHC – the Opportunity for NCDs,” in Naivasha, Kenya on 28…

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News23 January 2019

Paraguay: Public Private Partnership fosters new cancer policy to save lives

  Cancer mortality rates in children show unacceptable inequalities between high and low- and middle-income countries. In the latter, late diagnosis, inadequate access to healthcare facilities, and treatment abandonment are…

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News7 June 2018

Workshop focuses on people living with NCDs in Kenya

NCDA KENYA (NCDAK) and NCD Alliance held a workshop on 21-22 March to develop The Advocacy Agenda of People living with NCDs (PLWNCDs) in Kenya. The meeting aimed to consult…

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Report15 May 2018

Access Accelerated: Year One Report

  Our first year in operation has seen us take meaningful steps towards our goal of working in partnership to help address the enormous burden of non-communicable diseases in low-…

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Event22 April 2017

World Health Summit: Tackling Barriers to Cancer Treatment and Care

On Sunday, Oct. 15 in Berlin, Access Accelerated joined forces with Roche, Charité and the M8 Alliance to host a panel at the WORLD HEALTH SUMMIT titled, “Tackling Barriers to…

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Press18 January 2017

22 Biopharma Companies Partner to Launch Access Accelerated

Global, multi-stakeholder collaboration, called Access Accelerated, to be delivered in partnership with World Bank Group and Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) Initial three-year commitment will catalyze, develop, measure and…

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Report18 January 2017

The Next Pandemic? Report by The Economist Intelligence Unit

  Developing countries are facing a new challenge from an increase in non- communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, diabetes and chronic respiratory disorders. At the…

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