Chronic Disease Management in Sub-Saharan Africa: Whose Business Is It?

Public health specialists and clinicians alike agree that Humanity faces a global pandemic of chronic diseases in the 21st century. This article discusses the implications of this pandemic on another global issue, the health workforce. Because both issues are particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), it focuses on this region and uses Cameroon as a case in point. It first gauges the epidemic of chronic conditions in SSA. Then it discusses the implications of chronic conditions for the reshaping of health systems and the health workforce. It concludes by making a strong case for the building up and strengthening the health workforce, insisting on the crucial role of nurses, their training, and involvement in chronic disease management (Alexander Bischoff et al., 2009)