‘Healthy kids to healthy adults’ .. the wonderful work of ‘Prof Andrew..’

“Health promotion depends on individual behaviour change, coupled with appropriate technology and legislation. Prevention at a societal level relies on legislation and application of technology, but at individual level requires alterations in behaviour that are only achieved through education and attitudinal change.”

“Behaviour change usually only follows a life-changing insight, the equivalent of a light bulb coming on in the brain – it’s not the same for everyone – the trick is to find something that is relevant to and resonates with the population or group you are working with,”

“Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are a particular challenge in Africa.  NCDs currently cause more than 60% of deaths worldwide and 80% in lower and middle-income countries (LMICs). And 44% of deaths from NCDs are preventable. The economic burden is very high – over the next 20 years NCDs will cost more than US $30 trillion – 48% of global GDP.”

“And in Africa, poverty and malnutrition enhance the severity and cost of all disease conditions,”

“So, we can’t wait to treat, we must prevent.”  …  read entire article (pdf)

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