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Humanitarian Efforts Addressing Non-Communicable Diseases As Conflicts Arise In Higher Income Countries

IRIN: A new normal in humanitarian aid: treating middle-class diseases
“Treating undernourished children, boosting nutrition for pregnant women, and even providing a statistical basis for the term ‘famine’ have all become routine parts of humanitarian health programs. But the routine is changing. As conflicts and crises overtake middle-income countries like Syria and now Venezuela, aid organizations must deal with obesity and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure…” (Byatnal, 12/11).

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