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Non-communicable diseases: ditch the label and recapture public awareness.

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Blundell, Harriet ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0139-2547 and Hine, Paul (2019) 'Non-communicable diseases: ditch the label and recapture public awareness.'. International Health, pp. 5-6.

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Abstract

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are branded as the leading cause of global mortality. Global health thinking has dichotomised NCDs from communicable diseases to attract funding and end a dangerous neglect. However, NCDs can also have infectious disease risk factors, and mortality from NCDs is greatest in low- and middle-income countries, which face a syndemic burden of disease. As a non-term, attention is not immediately focused around key 'human-made' risk factors for chronic disease. By continuing to use this flawed and ambiguous label, policymakers risk enforcing an ideological approach, which fails to encourage global health researchers to work collaboratively and to capture the political and public awareness required to motivate sustainable change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 525 General works
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 530 International health administration
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 540 National and state health administration
WA Public Health > Health Administration and Organization > WA 590 Health education, Health communication
Faculty: Department: Clinical Sciences & International Health > Clinical Sciences Department
Digital Object Identifer (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1093/inthealth/ihy063
Depositing User: Stacy Murtagh
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2018 16:04
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2019 01:02
URI: https://archive.lstmed.ac.uk/id/eprint/9289

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