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World needs fresh research priorities and new policies to tackle changing patterns of chronic disease

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 15 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:596
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The priorities of health research and government policies will need to change so that changing patterns of disease in poor countries can be tackled, said delegates at a meeting in Mumbai this week.

    In a plenary session on worldwide disease challenges at the global forum for health research meeting, health policy analysts said that studies predict a convergence of disease burdens around the world and dispelled the notion that the health needs of people in developing countries differ from those of people in rich countries.

    Chronic illnesses such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer, and diabetes are now important contributors to the burden of disease in developing countries, except in some parts of sub-Saharan Africa, where infectious diseases continue to dominate, speakers said.

    “China and India are fast advancing into …

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