Initiative to tackle noncommunicable diseases in Asia

first_imgUnderstanding the urgent need for Asian countries to look at non-communicable diseases seriously, Vietnam National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NHE) in association with International Development Research Centre (IDRC) has organised a workshop on ‘Tackling diet-related non-communicable diseases in Asia: A regional approach to improve response capacities.’ The workshop which started on November 19, will go on until November 22 at Hanoi, Vietnam. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn a first-ever training workshop, researchers and policy makers from over 10 countries will draw up an action plan to tackle diet-related NCDs through a contextual understanding of regional challenges. Participants include researchers and policymakers from China, Mongolia, Southeast, and South Asia, namely, SriLanka, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Malaysia. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe workshop training will cater to pre-defined needs of each country participant as they highlight their experiences related to the challenges of improving food environments via research/interventions and advocacy/policy influence. Throughout the training activities, participants will work together to develop and refine new and existing multi-country research proposals aimed at improving food environments. Developing countries, which include low and middle income (LMIC) nations are battling a double burden of disease. On one hand, they are fighting infectious diseases such as AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria and on the other, losing an alarmingly high number of lives to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, mental illness, and diabetes. Of even more concern is the fact that NCD risks associated with diet are increasing in younger age groups. NCDs pose long-term economic burdens on society directly through acute and long-term morbidity management and indirectly through impaired capacities. Despite the loss of human life, productivity and crippling of resources, the generation of regional research has been limited in LMICs with most of the evidence-based research being derived from high-income countries. There is, therefore, need for greater research in the broader Asian region to understand contextual drivers of rising NCD trends to develop appropriate and sustainable interventions.last_img