Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity: Lessons from South Africa

The Academy of Medical Sciences, in partnership with the Academy of Sciences South Africa, convened a policy workshop on multimorbidity in Johannesburg, South Africa from the 2-3 November 2016.

This policy workshop, Co-Chaired by Professor Karen Hofman and Professor Stephen MacMahon FMedSci, considered the burden of multimorbidity in South Africa and the UK and asked how we can achieve a more coherent and consistent approach to defining, researching and addressing multimorbidity.

The workshop brought together experts and evidence from South Africa, UK and other countries on the prevalence, burden (including cost and health impacts) and determinants of multimorbidity. Participants identified gaps in our knowledge and associated research priorities through a review of the evidence available and considered how health systems are dealing with multimorbidity by discussing key challenges and the costs and financing issues associated with multimorbidity in South Africa.

Following the workshop, a written report is being produced and disseminated to UK and South African stakeholders with key recommendations of next steps to address multimorbidity in South Africa. The workshop is also an important part of evidence collection for the Academy to inform its working group on multimorbidity.

To read more about the Academy's wider work on multimorbidity and the challenges posed by this issue, visit our dedicated 'Addressing the global challenge of multimorbidity' policy project page.

This workshop is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Visit the Research Council UK website to read more about the GCRF.

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