NCDs Represent Neglected Health Crisis Among Syrian Refugees, MSF Worker Says
SciDev.Net: New ways to treat the diseases killing Syrian refugees
“…[Jon Gunnarsson of Médecins Sans Frontières], who works with refugees in Jordan, says that non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent one of the most urgent yet underfunded health crises facing Syrian refugees displaced by the country’s civil war. There are 600,000 Syrian refugees registered in Jordan, 84 percent of them living outside of refugee camps. Many are afflicted by NCDs such as hypertension, heart disease, asthma, smoking-related illnesses, and diabetes — indeed the Middle East and North Africa region has the highest prevalence of diabetes in the world, Gunnarsson says…” (Mathers, 5/20).
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