Health risk factors in rapidly changing economies

The latest in the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue's Risk Dialogue Series examines the shift in the health profiles of emerging markets and its effect.

Emerging markets have been largely successful in ridding themselves of communicable diseases only to be confronted by a pandemic of chronic, non-communicable diseases (NCDs). This puts a significant strain on health care systems. Public and private health care providers both need to develop effective responses to this pandemic.

In the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue's Risk Dialogue Series - Health risk factors in rapidly changing economies researchers from Swiss Re and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) analyse time trends and developments of key risk factors associated with the increasing prevalence of chronic NCDs seen in major emerging markets around the world.

As economies grow, infectious diseases decrease. And as lifespans increase, there is an increase in NCDs such as cardiovascular diseases, stroke and cancer. The prevalence and costs to the health care system is a concern to insurers and public health officials alike.

Articles presented in Health risk factors in rapidly changing economies are by HSPH research fellows, faculty members, and Swiss Re colleagues as part of the project SEARCH, the Systematic Explanatory Analyses of Risk factors affecting Cardiovascular Health. Learn more about the report and the project on the CGD's website.

Published 15 October 2014


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