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Lecture Explores WHO Regional Plan for Fighting Non-Communicable Diseases

May 20, 2014
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Birzeit University’s Institute of Community and Public Health held on May 10, 2014, a lecture entitled "The essential interventions package for non-communicable diseases in primary health care in low-income countries," presented by Nadim Barghouthi of the World Health Organization Office in Palestine.

Barghouti addressed the most important statistics related to these, which in 2008 resulted in 36 million deaths worldwide. Sixty-three percent of deaths are due to non-communicable diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular diseases. Eighty percent of these deaths are in middle-income and low-income countries.

Barghouthi overviewed factors that lead to such diseases, such as inadequate physical fitness, smoking, and obesity. Barghouthi described a global plan for addressing them, including increasing health awareness through international cooperation and advocacy campaigns and strengthening countries’ national capacities to fight these diseases.

Barghouthi explained the plan proposed by the World Health Organization’s regional office and its application mechanism in Palestine. The plan has been implemented in Salfit and in the north of Hebron, before it is adopted in central Hebron. The strategy is based on comprehensive/unspecialized treatment of the patient, and calculating the risk of cardiovascular disease in ten years time.

At the end of the lecture, the floor was opened for discussion and questions.
This lecture is the seventh of an annual lecture series organized by the institute, targeting students and the university community.

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