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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7(2), 353-363; doi:10.3390/ijerph7020353

Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Task Shifting in Their Management in Sub-Saharan Africa

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Department of Internal Medicine and Specialities, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
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Cerebrovascular Unit, Hôpital Neurologique Pierre Wertheimer, Hospices Civils de Lyon, France
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Department of Anthropology, Faculty of Arts, Letters and Social Sciences, University of Yaounde I, Cameroon
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Department of Nutritional Epidemiology, French Institute of Health and Medical Research, Bobigny, France
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The George Institute for International Health, University of Sydney, Australia
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Received: 9 December 2009 / Accepted: 23 January 2010 / Published: 27 January 2010
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Abstract

Chronic diseases are becoming increasingly important in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). The current density and distribution of health workforce suggest that SSA cannot respond to the growing demand for chronic disease care, together with the frequent infectious diseases. Innovative approaches are therefore needed to rapidly expand the health workforce. In this article, we discuss the evidences in support of nurse-led strategies for chronic disease management in SSA, with a focus on hypertension and diabetes mellitus.
Keywords: chronic diseases; hypertension; diabetes; task shifting; nurse-led care; sub-Saharan Africa chronic diseases; hypertension; diabetes; task shifting; nurse-led care; sub-Saharan Africa
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Lekoubou, A.; Awah, P.; Fezeu, L.; Sobngwi, E.; Kengne, A.P. Hypertension, Diabetes Mellitus and Task Shifting in Their Management in Sub-Saharan Africa. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2010, 7, 353-363.

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