Epidemic transition or double-burden?
  • Meeting Room 2, ITTC Building, Plymouth Science Park

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Sanne Van Kampen presents an informal seminar on ‘Epidemic transition or double-burden? Are infectious diseases making room for non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries or does it all just add up?’

The epidemiological transition paradigm predicts that as countries move towards more economic and social prosperity, their burden of disease shifts from mostly infectious to non-communicable diseases. A first glance at global disease incidence rates seem to confirm that diseases like HIV, TB and malaria are declining while CVDs, diabetes and cancers are increasing. Does this mean that low-and middle-income countries are going through a similar epidemiological transition as high-income countries did a couple of decades ago? 

This presentation will challenge the views of an epidemiological transition by painting a more nuanced picture. It will illustrate that non-communicable diseases often have an infectious aetiology and that, combined with behaviour risk factors amplified by globalisation, low- and middle-income countries are in fact facing a double-burden of disease. This seminar is a summary of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine module on Epidemiology of non-communicable diseases which Dr Sanne van Kampen followed earlier this year.

This seminar is open to University of Plymouth staff and students. Contact laura.gill@plymouth.ac.uk to book a place.

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