Special Issue "Selected Papers from the 2nd Ellisras Longitudinal Study and Other Non-Communicable Diseases Studies International Conference 3–5 December 2019"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Health Behavior, Chronic Disease and Health Promotion".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 July 2020).
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The Ellisras Longitudinal Study and Other Non-Communicable Disease Studies International Conference organizing committee takes pleasure in inviting papers presented at this conference on 3–5 December 2019 held at University of Limpopo and Ellisras/Lephalale, to be submitted on or before 30 March 2020. The major sub-themes for the conference include (1) lifestyle risk factors for non-communicable diseases: tobacco and alcohol consumption; (2) nutrition, dietary intake, and physical activity; (3) biological risk factors for non-communicable diseases: biochemical parameters, hypertension, genetics, lipid profiles, diabetes; (4) growth, maturation, and ageing; and (5) child health and health education. The conference provided a unique inclusive platform for discussion by ordinary members of the Ellisras/Lephalale community, expert scholars, students, and experienced professionals from all over the world, offering a truly special international networking experience, as well as a comprehensive and interactive program in which participants can cultivate their cross-cultural and communication skills while highlighting different topics related to poverty and cardiovascular diseases.
Keynote speakers for the conference included Prof. Han C.G. Kemper, Pediatric Exercise Physiologist and Epidemiologist, Principal Investigator of the Amsterdam Growth and Health Longitudinal Study, Amsterdam UMC, Amsterdam Public Health Research Institute, The Netherlands; Prof. Andre Kengne, Director, Non-Communicable Diseases Research Unit South African Medical Research Council, Cape Town, South Africa; Dr. Geofrey Musinguzi, Principal Investigator and International Manager for Scaling Up Packages of Interventions for Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in selected sites in Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, University of Antwerp, Belgium; and Prof. TM Mothiba Research Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limpopo, South Africa.
Poverty and cardiovascular diseases are a double burden in rural South African populations. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are responsible for two out of three deaths worldwide, with their profile changing from one country to the other. Africa is expected to experience the largest increase in NCD-related mortality, globally accounting for 46% of all expected mortalities attributable to NCDs by 2030. Exposure to known risk factors account for about two-thirds of premature NCDs deaths, with an estimated half of NCD deaths attributed to weak health systems and poverty in sub-Saharan Africa. While low-cost solutions and high-impact essential NCD interventions, delivered through primary healthcare approaches, have been shown to have an impact on the population level, existing literature shows that the changing profile of NCDs has been inadequate and fragmented. A well formulated cohort study in Africa could answer major questions relating to the changing magnitude of NCD risk factor profiles in Africa.
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- Non-communicable diseases
- Child health
- Lifestyle factors
- Cardiovascular diseases
- Physical activity