Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases: Guidelines for primary health care in low-resource settings

This document includes the following two guidelines: Diagnosis and management of type 2 diabetes in primary health care in low-resource settings: The primary goal of this guideline is to improve the quality of care and the outcome in people with type 2 diabetes in low-resource settings. It recommends a set of basic interventions to integrate… Read more

Cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and hypertension in adults: case management desk guide

This is a generic desk guide for managing cardiovascular disease, diabetes and hypertension in adults in LMICs. This desk guide is a concise “quick reference” for doctors, clinical officers, paramedics, nurses and counsellors to use when providing routine care and health education to all patients.  The initial assessment pages are designed for use with any… Read more

Fetal Health and NCDs

This report gives an overview of the evidence about the relationship between gestational nutrition, and disposal to non communicable diseases. It notes that smaller size at birth appears to be more related to chronic disease when due to intrauterine growth rather than premature birth. Maternal and fetal nutrition are related to size at birth. The… Read more

Non-Communicable Diseases

This report includes sections on: Burden: This section includes cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and the evolution of NCDs in developing countries; in 1990 they caused 47% of all deaths, 56% in 2000 and it is estimated they will cause 69% of deaths in 2020. Age Structure: Studies have found that NCD risk factors increase… Read more

DFID Support to the Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases: The Context

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) have tended to receive little attention because of the once-widespread assumption that people at risk of NTDs experience relatively little morbidity, and that these diseases have low rates of mortality. These views have been comprehensively refuted (WHO 2010a). NTDs have a substantial health and economic burden on poor populations. They cause… Read more

Product Development Partnerships (PDPs): Lessons from PDPs established to develop new health technologies for neglected diseases

There has been little historic research and development (R&D) investment in technologies to address developing country health needs. The reasons for this are numerous and include: High capital costs to undertake the R&D and the long time between R&D investment and “commercialisation” of the resulting technology R&D investment not appropriable (in this case, insufficient commercial… Read more

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