Letter

Hope of prevention training in South Asia

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7460.293-a (Published 29 July 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:293
  1. Sunita Dodani, doctoral research candidate,
  2. Chandrakant Pandav, professor,
  3. Sisira Siribaddana, director,
  4. Ronald E LaPorte, professor of epidemiology,
  5. Paras Pokharel, associate professor
  1. Department of Epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh, 3512 Fifth Avenue, Room 309, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, sud9@pitt.edu
  2. Centre for Community Medicine, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  3. National Twin Registry, Thalapathpitiya Nugegoda, Sri Lanka
  4. Graduate School of Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
  5. Department of Community Medicine, BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Ghopa Dharan, Sunsari, Nepal

    Editor—The theme issue on Health in South Asia in April addressed problems and hopes for health but neglected prevention. South Asia has a quarter of the world's population. The optimal means to improve health is public health, which means that new public health workers need to be recruited and educated. The global 25 year increase in life expectancy is almost all due to prevention, not clinical medicine. In South Asia, Sri Lanka …

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