Double burden of noncommunicable and infectious diseases in developing countries

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On top of the unfinished agenda of infectious diseases in low- and middle-income countries, development, industrialization, urbanization, investment, and aging are drivers of an epidemic of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs). Malnutrition and infection in early life increase the risk of chronic NCDs in later life, and in adult life, combinations of major NCDs and infections, such as diabetes and tuberculosis, can interact adversely. Because intervention against either health problem will affect the other, intervening jointly against noncommunicable and infectious diseases, rather than competing for limited funds, is an important policy consideration requiring new thinking and approaches.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number6101
Pages (from-to)1499-501
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

    Research areas

  • Chronic Disease, Communicable Disease Control, Communicable Diseases, Comorbidity, Cost of Illness, Developing Countries, Health Policy, Humans, World Health Organization

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