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Front. Public Health | doi: 10.3389/fpubh.2020.00508

A syndemic perspective on the management of non-communicable diseases amid the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries Provisionally accepted The final, formatted version of the article will be published soon. Notify me

  • 1Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • 2Foundation for Human Resources Development (FHRD), Nepal
  • 3School of Optometry and Vision Science, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • 4Department of Infection and Immunology, Kathmandu Research Institute for Biological Sciences, Nepal
  • 5James P Grant School of Public Health, BRAC University, Bangladesh
  • 6Prasanna School of Public Health, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, India
  • 7Institute of Medicine, Tribhuvan University, Nepal

The global pandemic of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has largely impacted the lives of the people living with non-communicable diseases (PLWNCDs). The health of PLWNCDs worsen when syndemic epidemics occur as a result of the interaction between socioecological and biological interface, resulting into adverse outcomes. These interactions can affect physical, emotional, and social wellbeing of PLWNCDs, increases exposure to NCD risk factors and disrupts the essential public health service amid this widespread pandemic. In this paper, we argue the need for country-wise syndemic framework to deal with the impact of COVID-19 on the lives of PLWNCDs in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs).

Keywords: SARS-CoV-2, COVID-19, LMICs, NCDS, Syndemic framework

Received: 27 Jun 2020; Accepted: 07 Aug 2020.

Copyright: © 2020 Yadav, Rayamajhee, Mistry, Parsekar and Mishra. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mr. Uday N. Yadav, Centre for Primary Health Care and Equity, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia, unyadav1@gmail.com