Non-Communicable Diseases: The Silent Pandemic


Lara Dugas

 AXA Chair in Non-Communicable Disease Epidemiology from Loyola University Chicago (United-States) and hosted at the University of Cape Town (South Africa).    

In recent years, the increase in type 2 diabetes has reached pandemic proportions, with more than a quarter of people living with obesity in some low- and middle-income countries. What is driving this huge epidemic? And are all regions of the world affected the same? 

 Join Professor Lara Dugas as we explore this worrying development, discuss its root causes and identify a possible approach to curb the spread of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).  


What you will learn  


  • The global obesity situation  

  • Why low-income countries are worse off 

  • The 3 key drivers of NCDs 

  • An action plan to achieve healthier outcomes   


The masterclass in 3 main chapters 

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The masterclass in 3 main chapters

Chapter 1

Why are Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) a worldwilde problem now?

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Did you know that in some poorer countries, more than a quarter of people are obese? 

This is a big problem because obesity can cause deadly diseases. These diseases, called Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs), aren't infectious, but they're spreading like crazy. 

So, you might ask: just how big is this problem, and does it affect all parts of the world the same,

Chapter 2

What are the Driving the Obesity Pandemic?

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Ever wondered why obesity appears in countries where undernutrition is a problem? 

It seems strange, but there's a simple reason. If you take a closer look, you'll see why diseases like diabetes and heart problems are increasing in poorer countries. 

Chapter 3

How to Tackle the Spread of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)? 

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Let’s enable people to make better health choices with clearer information. 

Let’s find sustainable ways to keep houses cool so people sleep better. 

Finally, let’s invite healthcare systems to adopt a multi-pronged approach that embraces the individual, the community and the society. Above all, let’s be vocal and take action!


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