NCD symposium in Ghana
28 March 2017
On 14th March 2017 over 75 non-communicable diseases researchers and health professionals gathered at the Noguchi Memorial Institute of Medical Research (NMIMR) in Accra, Ghana for the symposium: ‘Advancing non-communicable disease research in West Africa: building cohorts for multidisciplinary research including genomics studies’.
The symposium was organized by postdoctoral researchers Dr. Mary Amoakoh-Coleman (Julius Global Health / NMIMR), and Dr. Paulina Tindana (Navrongo Health Research Center).
Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) include chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases (stroke, hypertension), cancer, diabetes, lung diseases and mental health disorders and are rapidly rising in sub-Saharan African countries. Action is urgently needed to halt the rise.
In Ghana, the causes of disease, or diseases burden, is currently in transition; traditional diseases from infections persist whilst non-communicable diseases occur more frequently and the population is aging. This challenge asks for interdisciplinary...