The Emerging Health Problems of Non-Communicable Diseases

Puspa Raj Pant, Vijay GC, Prakash Simkhada, Pamela Kirkpatrick, Amudha Poobalan

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Abstract

In recent years, Nepal has not only gone through socio-economic, political and demographic change but is also facing the double burden of disease - the burden of communicable as well as non-communicable diseases - as are other developing countries. Changes in nutritional intake combined with increasingly sedentary lifestyles have led to the emergence of chronic diseases as a new health threat. This chapter gives an overview of non-communicable diseases in Nepal, with particular focus on cardiovascular diseases, obesity and chronic respiratory disease. A brief global overview of non-communicable diseases follows the disease burden in South-East Asia region and the current situation in Nepal. This will enable the reader to contextualise the situation and
make comparisons at global, regional, and national levels. It was a difficult task to provide details of all disease conditions and merge them in one chapter; however, we have attempted to make the information useful for those involved in public health promotion and disease prevention. Diseases such as cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, and diabetes are described in detail, considering their importance in the public health burden. Due to the complexity of the subject, injury-related issues are presented separately in Chapter 11
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Dynamics of Health in Nepal
EditorsSharada P Wasti, Padam Simkhada, Edwin van Teijlingen
Place of PublicationKathmandu
PublisherHimal Books
Chapter9
Pages142-168
Number of pages27
Edition1st
ISBN (Print)9789937290951
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes

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