Disease Control

 When dealing with all forms of disease, communicable, non-communicable, and chronic, what is the best way to integrate disease control programs while strengthening the existing health systems?  Integrated health systems that focus on the health needs of communities can offer several advantages in low- and middle-income countries by providing an integrated approach with holistic options centered around the needs of the people in the community, enhancing their self-reliance.  Integrated programs within disease control can also develop system effectiveness, particularly in areas with limited human resources.  An existing example is working in Cambodia, where the integration of HIV/AIDS, diabetes, and hypertension management has demonstrated some terrific outcomes, thus far.  According to the research, when dealing with disease control, two conditions are thought to be essential; first, disease control should be integrated with general health care delivery and second, integration of operational and administrative aspects should happen simultaneously.  [i]  [i]