Developing Nations Face Double Burden Of Infectious Diseases, Cancer
Forbes: There Is An Urgent Need To Address The ‘Terrible Situation Of Chronic Disease In Developing Countries’
Geoffrey Kabat, an epidemiologist in the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine
“…The cancer burden in low-resource countries has doubled in the past 25 years and is projected to double again by 2030. In September 2013 the International Prevention Research Institute (IPRI) issued a nearly 500-page report entitled ‘The State of Oncology 2013’ assessing the growing burden of cancer and other chronic diseases in developing countries. Last week The Cancer Letter, a newsletter for oncologists and cancer researchers, published an interview with IPRI’s president Peter Boyle, professor of global health at Strathclyde University and former head of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, in which he explains the purpose of the new report. … Although the dimensions of the problem are so great that it would be easy to throw up one’s hands, Boyle holds up positive accomplishments and programs that can serve as models. He points to tremendous success of the AIDS movement over the past 20 years and to the ‘fabulous lesson’ of PEPFAR…” (2/2).