Non-communicable disease prevention in Nepal: systemic challenges and future directions.
Sudesh Raj Sharma, Rachel Page, Anna Matheson, Danielle Lambrick, James Faulkner, Shiva Raj Mishra
Global Health Promotion | Published : 2019
Developing countries such as Nepal are experiencing a double burden of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) resulting in social and economic losses. In Nepal, more than half of the disease burden is due to NCDs. The major NCDs in Nepal are cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes. Behavioural factors such as tobacco use, alcohol consumption, physical inactivity and unhealthy diet are driving the epidemic of NCDs, which are further influenced by social, economic and environmental determinants. The health system of Nepal has not been able to address the ever-increasing burden of NCDs. With the formulation of the Multisectoral Action Plan for Prev..View full abstract