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UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease

The UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic Disease is a research partnership of medical and social scientists based in Africa (Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya), Europe (UK, The Netherlands), Asia (Malaysia) and the US. Established in 2006 with funding from the British Academy the partnership aimed to develop interdisciplinary models for chronic disease research, intervention and policy, to address the public health challenges for Africans both in Africa and in the diaspora. The partnership has organized successful international meetings on Africa's chronic disease burden in Ghana (2007, 2009), UK (2008), and Malaysia (2010). It published a flagship special issue in the online open access journal Globalization and Health in 2010 themed "Africa's Chronic Disease Burden: local and global perspectives" (visit http://www.globalizationandhealth.com/series|). Two further special issues are in progress and will appear in the Ghana Medical Journal (Theme: Ghana's Chronic Disease Burden, 2011) and Globalization and Health (Theme: "Chronicity" and Chronic Health Conditions: Implications for Health and Healthcare, 2012). A call has been made for a fourth special issue in Ethnicity and Health, themed "Culture, Ethnicity and Chronic Conditions: a global synthesis". During the period of British Academy funding, the partnership was based at the University of Cambridge, Department of Social and Developmental Psychology in collaboration with the Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana. The partnership is currently hosted by LSE Health, London School of Economics, in collaboration with the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana.  

For more information on the partnership visit the LSE Health website or contact Dr Ama de-Graft Aikins at a.de-graft-aikins@lse.ac.uk |or adaikins@ug.edu.gh |.

Africa's disease burden: what matters most?
LSE Health / LSE African Initiative public lecture, London, 1st June 2011
Advert| (PDF)
Programme| (PDF)
Podcast| (98mins approx)
BMJ article: "Governments in sub-Saharan Africa need to tackle chronic disease burden"| 

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