Implications of chronic non-communicable diseases on health systems

Kebogile Mokwena*

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Background: Because chronic NCDs impact on health systems infrastructure and health service management, they require an approach that accommodates the whole spectrum of prevention, treatment and long term care. The structure and function of health systems need to re-focus to deal with chronic NCDs. Objectives: • To identify the impact of chronic NCDs on health systems. • To identify criteria for quality of care for NCDs • To develop country guidelines to respond to the scourge of NCDs Methods: A systematic review of articles, reports and books on health systems, which were published between 1997 and June 2009, was conducted. Key Results: The strategies to deal with chronic NCDs include human resource development, health systems overhaul which includes prevention at all levels of health care, and increased accessibility to quality health care. Conclusions: Responsive strategies for preventing and managing NCDs require an overhaul of health systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNon-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in Developing Countries
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781612099965
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Health access
  • Health resources
  • Quality care
  • Responsive systems


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