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Mike Rayner

, Kremlin Wickramasinghe

, Julianne Williams

, Karen McColl

, and Shanthi Mendis

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date: 11 July 2020

This is a short chapter which describes the aims and the terminology of this book. This introductory chapter explains how the book is structured into five sections and which key concepts are included. It introduces the policy cycle, principles of prevention, and population-level approaches to prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). It is important to recognize that it is neither feasible nor desirable to devote all resources to prevention. This chapter shows that there are considerable areas of overlap and prevention; cure and care can be seen to exist on a continuum of activities that are needed to successfully tackle any disease, including NCDs.

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