What You Should Know About The DCPP And How They Help Control Diseases Worldwide

March 20, 2014

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The Disease Control Priorities Project (DCPP) publishes information that is used by the healthcare sector and organisations involved in health projects in developing countries. Published information includes evidence-based analysis, disease control information, and other resources that policymakers in the healthcare business need to help them improve health systems all over the world.

A Gap Medics student holds a newborn for the first time Why and when DCPP was established

In the 1990s, the World Bank began work to set priorities for disease control and to find cost-effective ways to facilitate healthcare interventions in developing countries. By 1993, the World Bank published the first edition of Disease Control Priorities in Developing Countries (DCP1) which was written with the cooperation and help of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Importance of DCPP publications

These medical publications focus on putting together comprehensive data on low to middle income healthcare situations in developing countries. This information helps healthcare organizations, IGOs, NGOs and other charitable organisations to put in place cost-effective healthcare strategies for patients and communities the world over. The data provided by the DCPP publications are essential to policymakers, academic institutions and international healthcare development agencies around the world.

Who determines the burden of disease

To provide effective aid in the healthcare sector, organisations need to be aware of the burden of disease that affects the developing countries around the world. Authors who contribute to the reports published by the DCPP include health economists, scientists, academicians, epidemiologists, doctors and public health professionals from more than 100 countries.

Factors involved in the burden of disease

Information published about the burden of disease, not only includes the costs of medicines and income losses, but also includes the causes of these burdens and diseases. Included in the reports are factors that add to the burden such as tobacco and drug use, injuries, psychiatric disorders, and alcohol abuse. All these factors add to the burden of illnesses and economic burdens on people in developing countries.

Usefulness of DCPP reports and publications

From the information gathered by researchers, doctors and other people involved in collecting data for the DCPP reports, health organizations are able to help prevent diseases, improve treatments and indicate priorities in policies. The publications provide organizations with information on how to improve strategies, healthcare intervention and policies for the betterment of developing communities.

How this helps people suffering from disease

The world’s sick and ailing patients benefit from these studies and reports when healthcare organizations can identify deficiencies in the healthcare systems of the world. For example, they can determine reasons why cancer or AIDS patients do not have access to effective pain relief when there are medicines that can ease their burden of pain become evident. Once the drawbacks have been identified, steps can be taken to resolve these barriers.

Improving the world’s health system

There are many issues in the health sector that prevent patients from receiving proper and effective treatments for a wide variety of diseases. Most issues come from the cost of medicines and treatment, inaccessibility to the source of treatments, and political or cultural barriers. There is tremendous scope for health professionals to make a difference in improving the world’s health system by studying the sources and issues that plague the world’s healthcare structures.