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Africa's illness trends will strain health systems

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Significance

South Africa is not alone: NCDs are rising across sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), creating new health care needs, as well as social and economic challenges.

Impacts

  • International health organisations will increase advocacy for addressing these health issues.
  • Foreign aid and budget allocations for NCDs are unlikely to improve without an increase in political will or global attention.
  • If health systems lack capacity, the burden of care will shift to households with economic consequences.
  • Governments pursuing preventative strategies targeting consumption patterns risk public standoffs with trade groups and industries.
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