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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 2176-2179

Non-communicable diseases viewed as “collateral damage” of our decisions: Fixing accountabilities and finding sloutions in primary care settings

1 Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India
2 Department of Health Promotion and Community Health Sciences, School of Public Health, Texas A & M University, Austin, Texas, USA
3 Department of Community Medicine & School of Public Health, PGIMER, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Sudip Bhattacharya
Department of Community Medicine, Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences, Dehradun, Uttarakhand
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_202_20

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In the changing global socio-economic and epidemiological landscapes, non communicable diseases (NCDs) are affecting the health and wellbeing of populations. The burden is worse among people in low- and middle-income countries with more than 32 million deaths attributable to NCDs each year. This scenario can be explained through the concept of collateral damage, where intentional actions often lead to adverse consequences alongside the primary outcomes. Thus, NCDs can be viewed as collateral damage of unplanned urbanization, rapid globalization, fast pace of life etc., In addition, a lack of appropriate public health approaches has aggravated the situation. It is essential to build a collaborative approach engaging public health agencies to ensure that the developmental initiatives are without the threat of collateral damages and are people-friendly. This will help in reducing the burden of NCDs in primary care settings.

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