Letter to Editor

Neo communicable disease rather than ‘non’ communicable disease for the acronym “NCD”

APR Aluwihare*

Published: 30 June, 2021 | Volume 2 - Issue 1 | Pages: 014-014

It is with interest and pleasure that I see notices of meetings and symposia, and articles, devoted to the theme Noncommunicable disease. I still live in the economic and geographical ‘South’ but the concern arises from the continued use of terminology that dulls the senses to the urgency of the problems involved. Since I wrote the letter (reference at end) the epidemic of the so called ‘non’ communicable disease has increased greatly; obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancers, accidental trauma, road deaths etc, and there is still less research and action about breaking the methods of spread than there is about the illnesses.

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  1. Aluwihare A. Renaming the NCD’s. Bull World Health Organ. 2020; 80: 173. PubMed: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2567731/
  2. Bauer UE, Briss PA, Goodman RA, Bowman BA. Prevention of chronic disease in the 21st century: elimination of the leading preventable causes of premature death and disability in the USA. Lancet. 2014; 384: 45-52. PubMed: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24996589/
  3. World Health Organization. World health statistics 2018: monitoring health for the SDGs, sustainable development goals. World Health Organization. 2018. https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/272596

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