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Non-communicable diseases in humanitarian settings: ten essential questions

Published inConflict and Health, vol. 11, 17
Publication date2017

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent the primary cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Specific attention needs to be given in fragile and crisis-affected contexts, where health systems have even more difficulties in addressing and managing these diseases. Humanitarian actors intervening in crisis situations increasingly include NCD management in the services they support and provide. This review aims at presenting a series of questions that humanitarian agencies could consider when addressing NCDs in humanitarian crises. They include, among others, what conditions to address and for which target population, how to ensure continuity of care, which guidelines and medications to use, and what can be done beyond classical management of NCDs. Research and evidence are lacking on how to address care effectively for NCDs in emergencies. Therefore, advocacy is needed for NCD-oriented research so as to make interventions more effective and sustainable. No government or single agency can address NCDs in humanitarian crises alone. Strong leadership and partnerships between humanitarian actors, health providers, government bodies, research and academic institutions are required. Only a coordinated multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder approach will achieve the required impact for affected populations.

  • Non-communicable diseases
  • Chronic diseases
  • Conflicts
  • Crises
  • Humanitarian emergencies
  • Continuum of
  • Care
  • Ethics
  • Humanitarian agencies
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AEBISCHER PERONE, Sigiriya et al. Non-communicable diseases in humanitarian settings: ten essential questions. In: Conflict and Health, 2017, vol. 11, p. 17. doi: 10.1186/s13031-017-0119-8
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