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Is global health becoming over-medicalized?

Global Health Lab*

The global rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) has brought the fundamental debates around prevention versus treatment to the fore and there are concerns about 'diagnosis creep' in conditions such as diabetes and hypertension where the boundaries between 'healthy' and 'unhealthy' have shifted.

What are the relative risks and benefits of moving the goalposts in this way?  Does this over-medicalize NCDs to the neglect of prevention? Is there a risk of the complex challenges posed by NCDs being over-simplified? In this Global Health Lab we pose these questions to find out whether global health is becoming over-medicalised. Come and join the debate! 

Martin McKee, ECOHOST, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine 
Richard Horton, The Lancet


  • John S. Yudkin, University College London
  • Petra Wilson, International Diabetes Foundation
  • Harry Rutter, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Follow the debate on Twitter: #GHLab
*The Lancet and ECOHOST – The Centre for Health and Social Change on behalf of the School have teamed up to present Global Health Lab, a series of focussed discussions on key global health challenges facing the international community today.  
Global Health Lab aims to provide a forum for lively debate and to exchange ideas that will push forward both research and policy agendas.


Free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.