"The emergence of chronic disease in developing countries is a 'turning point' because they are facing a confrontation with the same kinds of economic pressures that now bedevil developed countries," said Daniel Callahan, co-founder of The Hastings Centre, a non-profit bioethics research institute based in US.

Chronic illness in these countries has some distinctive characteristics. For one, it is common to find obesity - a major contributor to chronic disease - and malnutrition in same families.

The treatment is usually expensive and the rich in poor countries are likely to have better access to it.
Callahan proposes a new set of goals for medicine, applicable to both rich and poor countries, which he calls 'sustainable medicine'.

"Nothing less than a revolution - one that overthrows the tyranny of an economically and socially unsustainable model of medicine - is increasingly needed," said Callahan.

Chronic conditions including heart disease, stroke, cancer, pulmonary disease, and diabetes are rapidly increasing in developing countries which can be tackled with a sustainable model of medicine, said the study published in the Brown Journal of World Affairs.

(Agencies)

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