The need for an integrated approach for chronic disease research and care in Africa.
Global health, epidemiology and genomics 2016 ; 1: e19.
Smeeth L, Wareham NJ, Rotimi CN, Mbanya JC, and Sandhu MS
DOI : 10.1017/gheg.2016.16
PubMed ID : 29868211
PMCID : PMC5870416
With the changing distribution of infectious diseases, and an increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases, low- and middle-income countries, including those in Africa, will need to expand their health care capacities to effectively respond to these epidemiological transitions. The interrelated risk factors for chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases and the need for long-term disease management, argue for combined strategies to understand their underlying causes and to design strategies for effective prevention and long-term care. Through multidisciplinary research and implementation partnerships, we advocate an integrated approach for research and healthcare for chronic diseases in Africa.