North Africa/Easter Mediterranean: Identifying capacity building needs for chronic disease prevention
The North African and Eastern Mediterranean regions lack the human capacity necessary to address the growing burden of chronic diseases in the regions. The number of physicians, nurses, and midwifes in the regions all lag behind Western countries (for example, there are only 15 nursing and midwifery personnel for every 10,000 people in the Eastern Mediterranean region, compared to 79 in Europe and 49 in the Americas). Major challenges to capacity building include: the training of health personal, a multidisciplinary approach towards public health, and political commitment. Future capacity development efforts need to shape cost-effective community-level interventions that specifically target community coalition-building, health education, and structural change. CDPRC.
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Date Posted: 5 October 2011