Overview - Preventing chronic diseases: a vital investment
MISUNDERSTANDING #3: chronic disease prevention and control is too expensive
Some people believe that the solutions for chronic disease prevention and control are too expensive to be feasible for low and middle income countries. In reality, a full range of chronic disease interventions are very cost-effective for all regions of the world, including sub-Saharan Africa. Many of these solutions are also inexpensive to implement. The ideal components of a medication to prevent complications in people with heart disease, for example, are no longer covered by patent restrictions and could be produced for little more than one dollar a month.