The need for an integrated approach for chronic disease research and care in Africa.

Barr, A.L. ; Young, E.H. ; Smeeth, L. ; Newton, R. ; Seeley, J. ; Ripullone, K. ; Hird, T.R. ; Thornton, J.R.M. ; Nyirenda, M.J. ; Kapiga, S. ; Adebamowo, C.A. ; Amoah, A.G. ; Wareham, N. ; Rotimi, C.N. ; Levitt, N.S. ; Ramaiya, K. ; Hennig, B.J. ; Mbanya, J.C. ; Tollman, S. ; Motala, A.A. ; Kaleebu, P. ; Sandhu, M.S. ;
The need for an integrated approach for chronic disease research and care in Africa.
Glob Health Epidemiol Genom, 2016; 1:e19

With the changing distribution of infectious diseases, and an increase in the burden of non-communicable diseases, low- and middle-income countries, including those in Africa, will need to expand their health care capacities to effectively respond to these epidemiological transitions. The interrelated risk factors for chronic infectious and non-communicable diseases and the need for long-term disease management, argue for combined strategies to understand their underlying causes and to design strategies for effective prevention and long-term care. Through multidisciplinary research and implementation partnerships, we advocate an integrated approach for research and healthcare for chronic diseases in Africa.