oa South African Medical Journal - Chronic kidney disease : continuing medical education - guest editorial

Volume 105, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



In his review article in the March 2015 edition of CME, Prof. A M Meyers refers to chronic kidney disease as 'an important disease group that threatens health'. I fully concur with this observation and wish to go a step further and assert that kidney disease, together with other related non-communicable diseases (NCDs), poses not only a threat to health but also to the overall development of South Africa (SA). It is now almost 4 years since the adoption of the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases (September 2011), where it was emphatically stated that member States that have signed the Declaration (including SA) 'Acknowledge that the global burden and threat of non-communicable diseases constitutes one of the major challenges for development in the twenty-first century, which undermines social and economic development throughout the world, and threatens the achievement of internationally agreed development goals'.

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