Ageing increases the risk of non-communicable diseases.
Rapid population ageing has prompted researchers to study disease trends in older South Africans. The aim is to understand the role that specific health conditions play in ageing among rural people.
It’s not enough to simply promote healthy eating and exercise without considering South Africa's very real environmental and structural constraints.
Many South Africans migrate from rural areas to big cities like Johannesburg.
Keeping track of migration and urbanisation is challenging, but it's vital for population health that migration and urbanisation is well understood and planned for.
When the policies and programmes developed in Belo Horizonte were rolled out nationally, Brazil experienced a notable decline in hunger.
There’s a lack of research that deals specifically with conditions in African countries.
There's a lack of locally relevant knowledge to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in African countries.
Researchers are calling for legislation limiting the amount of sugar in baby food.
A study showed that most baby food products have a high sugar content.
Poorer South Africans are bombarded with fast food.
Fast-food outlets outnumber healthy food stores in South Africa's Gauteng province.
The life expectancy improvements in sub-Saharan Africa vary between men and women.
The leading causes of death in sub-Saharan Africa for adults 15 to 49 years were AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal disorders, and road injuries.
Conditions in Kenya’s slums like Mathare are not conducive to healthy life choices.
A study in Kenya found that that there's an association between relatively higher economic status and obesity in a slum setting.
In Uganda, essential medicines are not being stocked at facilities that need them most. This includes drugs to treat chronic diseases.
There are differences in the smoking patterns of rural and urban communities. These must be recognised and included in tobacco control interventions to reduce use.
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To tackle the increasing burden of diabetes in Africa, health systems on the continent need to be strengthened.
New World Health Organisation Director-General De Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
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Tedros Ghebreyesus, the newly elected Director-General of the World Health Organisation.
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Cracking genetic responses to the changing environment in Africa would open a new frontier in the drive against rising non-communicable diseases on the continent.
Genomic research in Africa will help explain the genetic risk factors of diseases that affect the world’s poorest people.
Genomic research must take place in Africa because African populations have evolved significantly and their genetic composition is more diverse than that of populations elsewhere.
School nutrition programmes help reduce the risk of children developing obesity.
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In-school nutrition programmes can reduce the chances of children suffering from childhood obesity.
Smoking, excessive drinking, not exercising or eating unhealthy foods leads to lifestyle diseases.
Doctors in South Africa have not been doing enough counselling of people who drink, smoke, don't exercise and eat badly on ways to change their lifestyles.
Improving maternal mortality and ending preventable deaths in children are some of the health targets in the Sustainable Development Goals.
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