Section 5: Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), Injuries and More
The Center for Global Health thanks Ashti Doobay-Persaud, MD from the Section of Global Health in the Division of Hospital Medicine for compiling the information in this curriculum. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Doobay-Persaud.
The lectures in this section are disease-specific and are all from the GHEC modules.
The four major NCDs are cancers, cardiovascular disease, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. There is also a module on aging and dependency in the developing world. Nutrition in vulnerable populations as well child and reproductive health are found in Section One as general global health topics.
Familiarize yourself with the epidemiology of the region and use these modules to help focus your learning.
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- MODULE 1: Cardiovascular Disease in the Developing World
Cardiovascular disease is also the leading cause of death in low-income countries.
- MODULE 2: Cancer in the Developing World
- MODULE 3: Developing World Trauma
- MODULE 4: Water and Sanitation
- MODULE 5: Visual Impairment
Visual impairment is responsible for a large burden of disease in global health including morbidity and mortality. In my experience I have seen multiple instances of sunglasses for prevention and cataract surgery for intervention met with true success. Some salient points from the lecture that illustrate the importance of this topic: 90% of all blind people live in the developing countries and at least 75% of the causes are thought to be preventable or treatable. As volunteers delivering primary health care we can play a role in prevention of cataracts, Vitamin A deficiency, diabetic retinopathy, pterygium and glaucoma as well as management and monitoring of these diseases.
- MODULE 6: Oral Health
A similar approach to dental procedures should be undertaken as above depending on the infrastructure of your organization in terms of local dentists, dental supplies and access to adequate follow-up if necessary.
- MODULE 7: Disability and Rehabilitation in the Developing World
Ongoing disability awareness projects are being developed at HHCI by the resident Physical Therapist as well as PT training.
- MODULE 8: Aging and Geriatric Diseases
- MODULE 9: Acute Malnutrition
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