The CNCDs and the NTDs: Blurring the Lines Dividing Noncommunicable and Communicable Chronic Diseases

The new Grand Challenges in CNCDs initiative is an ambitious effort to raise public awareness of these conditions in the developing world, enhance economic, legal, and environmental policies, modify risk factors, mitigate the health impacts of poverty and urbanization, engage the community, and reorient health systems away from treatment towards prevention. Wherever the NTDs geographically overlap with the CNCDs, there is a need to assess the contribution of the former, and to recognize that when it comes to NTDs, the distinction between noncommunicable and communicable diseases can be murky.

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