Governments and donors must find ways to tackle the rise in non-communicable disease, which can mean reassessing health priorities in developing nations.
As disease burden shifts from infectious to chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, developing countries face high health and economic costs. This Spotlight asks how we can better understand the risks and meet the challenge.
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Vaccines for non-infectious illness could help developing nations tackle the growing burden of chronic disease. Maryke Steffens reports.
Priya Shetty explores the truths and the myths about chronic diseases in the developing world.
Cancer care in Africa faces the same challenges as general healthcare, but also needs local data and targeted solutions, says Twalib Ngoma.
To stem the spread of obesity, we must study the web of commercial interests and strategies driving it, says Jonathan Wells.
We need better global monitoring for chronic diseases before we can really tackle the risks factors and prevent illness, says Colin Mathers.
Developing nations must stop aping the North's mental health services and use strategies tailored to their own needs, says Vikram Patel.
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