The Low and Middle Income Country Research Council was welcomed as an ISPAH council in 2019. The aims of the LMIC Research Council are to strengthen research capacity, promote collaboration within and between members, to advance the science and provide a platform for dissemination of quality outputs to direct advocacy for and inform policy in physical activity in LMIC settings.
LMIC carry the largest burden from non-communicable diseases. In 2018, NCDs were the cause of 71% of all deaths worldwide (n=41 million deaths). Fifteen million of which were premature (between the ages of 30 and 69 years) and of these premature deaths, 85% occurring in LMICs. Physical activity is one of the major risk factors for NCDs.
A key component of the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals is to reduce one-third of premature mortality by 2030 through improving population levels of physical activity. To achieve this global policy target requires research, dissemination and advocacy in LMIC settings to assist policy makers by providing evidence and tools for better-informed decisions.