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[Viewpoint] False dichotomies in global health: the need for integrative thinking

20:28 EDT 19 Oct 2016 | The Lancet

During the 20th century, international health was strongly influenced by a set of dichotomies that limited the advancement of the health agenda. In an attempt to force choices, actors in the international arena presented several options to address the dominant health challenges as if they were mutually exclusive. It was a clear expression of a century divided by ideological affections. The list of dichotomies is anything but short: prevention versus treatment, vertical versus horizontal, primary care versus specialised care, infections versus non-communicable diseases (NCDs), knowledge versus action.

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