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[Viewpoint] Care of non-communicable diseases in emergencies

13 Sep 2016

Emergencies include natural disasters such as earthquakes and severe meteorological events, but also armed conflict and its consequences, such as civil disruption and refugee crises (sometimes termed chronic emergencies).1 The health component of the humanitarian response to emergencies has traditionally focused on management of acute conditions such as trauma and infectious illnesses.2 However, non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and chronic lung disease are now leading causes of disability and death in low-income and middle-income countries (LMICs)3 and disaster-prone areas.

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet