The burden of non-communicable diseases in Nigeria; in the context of globalization

Ann Afr Med. Jan-Mar 2014;13(1):1-10. doi: 10.4103/1596-3519.126933.


This paper highlights the tenets of globalization and how its elements have spread to sub-Saharan Africa, and Nigeria in particular. It assesses the growing burden of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Nigeria and its relationship with globalization. It further describes the conceptual framework on which to view the impact of globalization on NCDs in Nigeria. It assesses the Nigerian dimension of the relationship between the risk factors of NCDs and globalization. Appropriate recommendations on tackling the burden of NCDs in Nigeria based on cost-effective, culturally sensitive, and evidence-based interventions are highlighted.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease*
  • Cost of Illness*
  • Humans
  • Internationality*
  • Nigeria
  • Risk Factors