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Tuesday, September 05, 2006 




Noncommunicable Diseases and Injuries in Latin America and the Caribbean: Time for Action

Pablo Perel*, Juan P. Casas, Zulma Ortiz, J. Jaime Miranda

Pablo Perel, Juan P. Casas, and J. Jaime Miranda are in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom. Zulma Ortiz is at the Collaborating Center of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network and the Epidemiological Research Centre, National Academy of Medicine, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Thanks, Em, for pointing this one out. It is intriguing how the development community is able to persistently ignore the huge problem of chronic disease in developing countries -- assuming against all evidence that this is a problem restricted to "affluent" populations. I appreciate the call for research in this paper, and appreciate your highlighting it here.

Gauden, you know at times, it is like if we are running in circles, and part of the problems I think lie with some ideas, that still have strong holds in development thinking. This the case vis-à-vis the perceptions of chronic diseases in developing countries, and in other issues such as environmental degradation and poverty where in this case we can witness approaches that are carried out through degradation narratives. The journey is still a long one, but we will get there.

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