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Africa's Disease Burden


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Speaker(s): Dr Ama de-Graft Aikins, Dr Olugbenga Ogedegbe, Dr Francis Dodoo
Chair: Dr Ernestina Coast

Recorded on 1 June 2011 in Sheikh Zayed Theatre, New Academic Building.

LSE Health and the LSE Africa Initiative in collaboration with The British Academy invites you to an event on Africa’s disease burden. Chronic non-communicable diseases have become major causes of adult disability and death in Sub-Saharan Africa. Chronic disease deaths in men and women as a whole are higher in sub-Saharan African than in virtually all other regions of the world and co-exist with a high burden of infectious diseases. In advance of the UN’s High Level Meeting on chronic non-communicable disease in September 2011, this event will debate the public health crisis of chronic non-communicable diseases in Africa, present the UK-Africa Academic Partnership on Chronic disease, and launch the report Africa’s Neglected Epidemic: Multidisciplinary Research, Intervention and Policy for Chronic Diseases.

Dr Ama de-Graft Aikins is a visiting fellow at LSE Health and senior lecturer, Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana. Professor Francis Dodoo is director of the Regional Institute for Population Studies, University of Ghana and Professor of Sociology and Demography, Penn State University. Dr Olugbenga Ogedegbe teaches at the New York University School of Medicine and is director of the Center for Healthful Behavior Change.

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