SYNDEMICS AND HUMAN HEALTH: IMPLICATIONS FOR PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

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Use of the syndemics concept has diffused from medical anthropology to an array of health-related disciplines. This development reflects a growing awareness that diseases and disease sufferers do not exist in a vacuum and that many of the most damaging human epidemics are the possible or probable consequence, not of a single disease acting alone but of several diseases acting in tandem. Syndemics offer a useful conceptual framework for the study of global health inequality. As work guided by a syndemics perspective is conducted on a range of diseases and in diverse regions of the world, the practical health implications of this approach are beginning to unfold.

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