A special supplement focused on the growing issue of noncommunicable diseases in Africa, co-edited by Dr. Collins O. Airhihenbuwa, Dean of Saint Louis University’s College for Public Health and Social Justice, and Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe, professor of population health and medicine at New York University, was published in the April issue of Health Education & Behavior, a publication of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE).
[Photo: Dean Collins O. Airhihenbuwa]
“The noncommunicable disease burden [in Africa] coexists with the existing burden of infectious disease … and therefore [requires] a higher sense of urgency,” Dean Airhihenbuwa told HE&B editor-in-chief John Allegrante in a complementary podcast discussion, “Hear it from the Authors.”
“Focusing on noncommunicable diseases in the context of communicable diseases helps to reveal why achieving equity in global health must begin with the transformation of institutional and systemic structures that reinforce inequities,” says Dean Airhihenbuwa, adding: “Addressing inequities in health is the hallmark of our College and University’s mission in social justice.”
The special supplement, “Noncommunicable Diseases in Africa and the Global South,” features 13 peer-reviewed articles focused on the problem and possible solutions.