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‘Integration And Resource-Sharing’ Necessary To Address Both Infectious, Chronic Diseases

Writing in the PLOS “Speaking of Medicine” blog, Sara Gorman, an MPH candidate at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, “explores the interconnectedness of infectious and chronic diseases,” asking, “In a world of global health systems that tend to focus on one disease or one category of disease at a time, should we be shifting our focus from HIV, tuberculosis, and malaria to asthma, heart disease, and diabetes?” She continues, “To avoid [excessively vertical health programs], the constant interplay between infectious and non-communicable diseases needs to be recognized and acknowledged and greater integration and resource-sharing in health systems must be pursued” (10/25).