Food, health and co-morbidity with infectious disease

A Talk by Thandi Puoane
Emeritus Professor, School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape

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Cape Town's population is heavily burdened by communicable diseases, especially TB and HIV/AIDS. Most people living with these diseases are at high risk of comorbidity of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. the COVID-19 pandemic amplified and highlighted the risks of such co-morbidity. In what ways can a nutritious balanced diet affect the quality of life of people living with non-communicable diseases, with infectious diseases and with both, as well as contribute to the general well-being of any individual? How might changes in our food system to improve access to more healthy food by more people change our public health profile in Cape Town?


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Thandi Puoane

Thandi Puoane is a Professor Emeritus at the School of Public Health, University of the Western Cape. Her research areas include nutrition, obesity and risk factors for chronic non-communicable diseases, including consumer behaviors to respond to the food environment.

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